England Football partner with Howdens
April 20, 2023
Howdens’ Game Changer Programme in partnership with England Football will see the kitchen company aim to fund £3m worth of kitchens over three years for England Football Accredited grassroots clubs.
The Programme will look to provide better kitchen facilities to help clubs make their matchday experience more enjoyable and increase revenue opportunities.
The application window will run from 19 April 2023 until 26 May 2023.
To help launch the programme, football legends Jill Scott and Chris Kamara lent their support, driving home the importance of grassroots football and clubhouse facilities on their own careers.
Jill said: “I have so many fond memories both on and off the pitch. Over the years I’ve visited hundreds of clubhouses and it’s fair to say the kitchen facilities have certainly varied – from a tiny counter at Boldon Girls (my first club) where I used to spend 20p on a bag of mixed sweets after the game, to a bar serving hot food (including my favourite post-match treat – pizza!) at Marine FC, where we played our Everton matches.
“The kitchen is the hub of the club, bringing together players, supporters and the wider community and that’s why I’m so pleased to be involved with the Howdens Game Changer programme, where grassroots clubs all over the country are set to benefit.”
Kammy added: “When I started out, clubhouse facilities were pretty basic! I went to many a tournament with just a bag of crisps and some water to keep me going, hoping that the manager would remember to bring the fruit for our half-time snack. And, if we won, we’d often stop off at the chippy on the way home!
“Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then, but many clubhouses still need help to improve much-needed facilities. So, the new kitchens from Howdens will make a real difference to grassroots clubs and bringing local communities together.”