The recent storms and floods have had a devastating impact on families and people’s homes across Herefordshire. And whilst it may seem trivial in comparison, the extreme conditions have been felt at many of our county’s football clubs.
Football clubs are a vital hub in many communities and volunteers have put in thousands of hours to make them welcoming and bring their facilities up to a high standard. Reports and images of the damage and record-breaking flood levels have been coming in thick and fast and it is shocking to see the effects this has had on pitches, facilities and clubhouses. The extent of the damage has led to the Football Foundation widening their Emergency Football Relief Fund offer and Herefordshire FA have been actively supporting clubs with accessing this lifeline.
As of today, the County FA have supported, or are in the progress of supporting, over 10 clubs with applications for Football Foundation funding for flood relief. This includes clubs such as Westfields FC, Wellington FC, Ross Juniors, Hinton FC and Dore Valley who have been severely impacted.
Herefordshire FA are committed to getting our clubs back on their feet and playing as soon as possible and our support is not just restricted to funding. Work is underway to help clubs with relocating to other pitches and facilities to try and limit the number of fixtures being postponed in an already congested fixture programme.
If your club or facility has been affected by the floods or storms in recent weeks, we want to hear from you. Furthermore if your club or facility have capacity to host any extra fixtures or teams and would be willing to host clubs affected by the floods then please get in touch.
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