HUNTINGTON ROVERS have been given a grant of almost £50,000 to continue the redevelopment at their playing grounds.

The grant, which is juts over £49,000, has been given to the club by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, who are funded by the Premier League.

Huntington’s initial project to redevelop its facilities at their North Lane home ground began in 2015, though the club ran out of time to apply for a grant.

The club began building work themselves but the increased budget, as provided by the grant, will prove to be essential in modernising their resources.

“We’re absolutely delighted,” said Eric Dower, a member of the management committee at Huntington Rovers.

“We’ve applied for the last six months and we’re delighted it’s now come to fruition.

“We’ve built the shell of the extension ourselves and then we applied for the grant for the first and second phase fixes.

“When We started the project for or five years ago and we had difficulty getting a grant.

“But this grant should help us finish off the extension work. This grant will certainly give us better and more modern facilities, which might well attract better players, fingers crossed.”

The joint grant, which aids both Huntington Rovers Football Club and Huntington Rovers Sports and Social Club, will see various upgrades in facilities.

This includes further work the two men’s changing rooms, the referee’s changing room, the toilet block, a storage area and an area for pre-match and post-match refreshments or team meetings.

“We were in need of the new facilities because the old referee’s room had been a little portacabin, which is a little ramshackle,” added Dower.

“The old changing rooms were built for just 11 players whereas nowadays you get teams of 16 or 17 players, so they’ve got to be bigger.”