FOOTBALL clubs in south east Northumberland are being encouraged to apply for a new grant on offer.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is urging local teams to get their hands on the cash.
Budweiser will be investing £1m directly into grassroots football over the next two seasons as part of its FA Cup sponsorship deal.
The Budweiser Club Futures initiative is aiming to ‘help clubs to help themselves’ by improving any part of their general facilities.
Eight grants will be available during the 2012-13 season, with a further eight grants available during the 2013-14 campaign.
Within each season, one of the chosen eight will win an additional £100,000 super grant – as voted for by football fans from early next year through the official FA Cup and Budweiser UK Facebook pages.
Mr Campbell said: “Football clubs across Blyth Valley play a vital role in encouraging participation and creating opportunities for people to take part in grassroots sport.
“The Budweiser Club Futures campaign will allow clubs to become more financially sustainable and encourage them to create a legacy to inspire future generations.
“I would urge all clubs who are eligible to apply for a grant.”
The programme is open to all football clubs at all levels.
Budweiser European marketing director, Iain Newell, added: “We know the importance of non league clubs to the future of the beautiful game and to local communities so we’re proud to be able to give these clubs a financial boost.
“As a long-standing supporter of football around the world, Budweiser is committed to partnering with the communities where we live and work to support local clubs as they build their legacies.
“The establishment of Budweiser Club Futures also gives us the opportunity to work with the winning clubs to promote responsible drinking in the community.
“We will be bringing successful responsibility programmes to these clubs.”
Visit www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/budweiser-club-futures for details.