BRACKNELL TOWN FC has been the opportunity to apply for a £5,000 grant for community-based projects.

The Bracknell football club was included in this scheme following the introduction of the Trident Community Foundation, allowing Isthmian-league clubs to apply for the grants.

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The initiative is funded by Entain, the company that owns Coral and Ladbrokes, of which donated a total of £150,000 to help the foundation see through the rest of the 2020-2021 season.

Backing the initiative is former professional football player and Pitching In ambassador, Stuart Pearce.

He said: “Initiatives like this are close to my heart as I am proud of my non-league background.

“Non-league clubs are the hubs of their communities and people have connections to these clubs going back generations.

"Bringing people together, especially in these fractured times, is vitally important and initiatives such as this will help do that.

“The timing is absolutely spot on. The true mark of help is when people really need it – and the football community at this level really needs it.

“I look forward to seeing the projects that get off the ground as a result of the Trident Community Foundation.”

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Isthmian League chairman and TCF board member Nick Robinson said: “In the past, clubs may have come to us with a community idea and we’d have had to turn it down.

“Now we can help as there is funding available and a simple application process which we will guide the clubs through.

“The TCF Fund is fundamental to the development of our partnership with Pitching in and I’d like to thank them for their enthusiasm and commitment. It’s a genuine partnership and I am delighted to be part of it.”

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