People living in Radcliffe are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities.

Radcliffe Town FC have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation, for fencing at their Outwood Ground.

This grant will enable Radcliffe Town to improve their pitch facilities after spouts of vandalism.

Radcliffe Town worked with the Football Foundation and the Lancashire County FA to secure a £24,000 grant towards the project.

Players will be able to enjoy better quality pitches, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing playing surfaces, which are constantly damaged by motorbike and horse riders.

Malc Tillson, Club Secretary at Radcliffe Town said: “This grant from the Football Foundation will help the club to protect some of its playing surfaces from continued damage from outside sources.”

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to Radcliffe Town towards helping protect their pitches is great news for the local community.

“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing.

"That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Radcliffe Town in protecting their pitches for their local community.

“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – support facility development projects like this across the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches.”

Radcliffe Town has teams play in the Lancashire Amateur League, NBJFL and BBDFL, which gives in excess of 120 players of all ages the chance to play football each week.

This is welcome news for the club who have had recent spouts of vandalism including 'idiots on bikes' who churned up the grass.