Bottesford FC to open new clubhouse with food and football festival

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The fruits of three-and-a-half years of hard work and planning will finally come to fruition on Bank Holiday Monday when Bottesford FC officially open their new clubhouse.

The ceremony will part of a Festival of Football and Food, running from noon to 6pm, which will feature mini tournaments, music, bar, a raffle and an inflatable assault course.

Food includes paella, barbecue and pulled pork, and there will be a free return shuttle bus running from the village.

The new state-of-the-art pavilion allows all of the club’s junior, senior and girls’ teams to play at the Nottingham Road site, across 12 pitches and gives the club the potential to more than double in size.

As well as four team changing rooms, there are two for matchday officials and a community room with kitchen.

Bottesford received a £507,348 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, as well as £25,000 from Melton Council, leaving the club to raise a further £32,000 themselves.

The club’s senior teams previously had to make do with a public village hall pitch, with teams forced to change in a dilapidated portable cabin.