HODGSON ANNOUNCES CRUCIAL GRANT SUCCESS FOR THE MILLERS!
Carlton Town’s Strategic Development officer Dave Hodgson has announced some much looked forward to good news with Sport England announcing they have granted Carlton Town £6,789 towards paying their invoices and maintaining facilities at the stadium during this ongoing pandemic.
This grant comes on the back of the £10,000 received in April from Gedling Borough Council via the government when Carlton ceased to have any income following lock down.
Carlton lost several massive home games along the way, plus a big Speakers event, a race Day, the pool marathon, as well as all the income from their 3G pitch, Easter soccer schools and a significant shortfall in Academy income and are also in danger of losing their annual Golf Day as well as high profile pre season friendlies.
Without that help, Carlton would undoubtedly have been unable to continue at their current level of football and massive praise should also be heaped on supporters for coming up with the game changing 100 club.
Carlton are hopeful of more positive news on the grant front soon as they attempt to improve their pitch, carry out urgent maintenance on their 3G facilities and create more training facilities at the stadium while also preparing the ground for a possible future promotion.
There is a lot to get through for the Millers, but with the help of Dave Hodgson who has worked tirelessly for 2 years on this for the club, the club is finally getting the help it needs.
The retired ex Chief executive officer of a major global company is now bringing his expertise to the Carlton Town table and the timing could not be any better given the current circumstances.
Sport England have also issued the following statement.
“The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.
In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus”
The grant will allow Carlton Town to Cover their day to day running costs including rent, insurances and remedial works for the coming months.
Dave Hodgson pictured far right from Carlton Town expressed his gratitude to Sport England for their support in what has been a worrying time for this community football club and everyone associated with it.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:
“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillionpound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Carlton Town to help it through these extremely challenging times.”