Chester-Le-Street Town FC shortlisted for £100k Transfer Deal

Chester-le-Street Town FC has been shortlisted to compete against five non-league clubs for a share of the Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal 2020.

The programme, which is helping Buildbase FA Trophy or Buildbase FA Vase clubs to renovate their facilities, will enable two of the six finalists to each walk away with a £25,000 product bursary, including building, electrical and hire materials.

As part of the application process Chester-le-Street Town FC outlined its plans for a new clubhouse, which it says are essential to the club’s survival. They include installing a modular building to incorporate a kitchen, bar, social space, toilets, cellar and office.

As well as serving as a base for the two senior teams it would provide facilities for a disabled group, adult walking football, adult Just Play centre and youth teams.

The club will compete against Shoreham FC, and Kirkley and Pakefield FC in the Buildbase FA Vase category while Basingstoke Town FC, Merthyr Town FC and Basford United FC have been shortlisted in the Buildbase FA Trophy group.

The finalists will pitch against each other and present their plans to a panel of judges from Buildbase and the FA in the coming months. Clubs will need to demonstrate the feasibility of their projects as well as benefits to the club, fans and wider community.

Local Buildbase branches will be supporting the clubs with information, advice and supplying the building products required for their projects.

Paul Roche, Managing Director of Buildbase said: “Chester-le-Street Town FC has done brilliantly to get this far. We’ve had some fantastic projects submitted this year with many clubs desperately needing to win so they can grow and deepen their place in the community. They’re all in with an equal chance and I wish them the best of luck.”

Cestrian chairman Joe Burlison said:  “We’re delighted to have reached the final.  The funding will help us build on all the work we’ve put in to make Chester-le-Street a community club.”

The Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal has been running since the builders’ merchant became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016.

So far, building materials worth up to £400,000 have been given away. The latest winners are Barton Rovers and Stowmarket Town.

Updates for the Transfer Deal 2020 can be found by following @BuildbaseUK on Twitter #Buildbase100KDeal

More information can be found at Buildbase.co.uk or in branch.