The club, which won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2014, boasts teams from under 7s right through to adults. It is a highly respected local sports resource, situated close to where Barratt Homes is bringing new homes to the area through its Monarch’s Keep development.
Now the football club, also known as The Boatmen, has been chosen as one of the recipients of Barratt Homes’ Community Fund – which donates £1000 each month to an organisation improving the quality of life for those living in the region.
Creating new communities
“This is our pledge to support those living in areas where we are helping to create new communities,” said Jon Green, managing director for Barratt Homes Southampton. “It is important that we build strong relationships with local charities and organisations, so I’m delighted that we are able to support such an important grassroots sports club here.”
Claire Paine from Sholing FC said: “The money will make a huge difference in helping us with some projects we’ve been keen to get off the ground for some time now. We’ll be able to purchase a much-needed lawn mower, and some of the money will also go towards the new clubhouse – which will benefit players and supporters of all ages. We’re very grateful for the generous donation from Barratt Homes.”
In the 2018/19 season, Sholing FC’s first team was crowned Sydenhams Wessex League Champions with eight games remaining. The Boatmen finished with a record title-winning margin of 31 points. Now in the Southern League Division 1 South, the club has been working on the new clubhouse and associated ground improvements.
Organisations can now apply for one of the monthly Community Fund grants by emailing [email protected] with details of your charity or organisation and how the donation would benefit the local community and improve lives.