Facebook video could be the key to a £100,000 windfall for Raynes Park Vale

Behind the Vale: Dave Bassett presented Raynes Park Vale with a cheque for £50,000 in December, now they are aiming for more

Behind the Vale: Dave Bassett presented Raynes Park Vale with a cheque for £50,000 in December, now they are aiming for more

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After being awarded £50,000 from the Budweiser Club Futures programme, Raynes Park Vale has its eye on a much bigger cash windfall, and fans can help.

Vale now go head-to-head with seven other UK clubs for a further £100,000 super grant, backed by the FA.

Each club has made a video, which appears on facebook.com/budweiseruk and facebook.com/thefacup, and fans have until February 28 to log on and vote on who should get the jackpot cheque.

Club committee member Simon Moore said: “Winning the £50,000 grant is already a massive boost for our club.

"We have exciting and ambitious plans to expand our youth section and winning an additional £100k would mean we can make further needed improvements including new training facilities to provide a better and safer environment for the juniors, seniors, parents, supporters and the local community."

The club were presented with the £50,000 grant by former Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett in December.

Budweiser Club Futures ambassador, Alan Pardew, said: “Having started my career at grassroots level, I know just how hard it is to sustain a local club and can appreciate the importance of a programme like Budweiser Club Futures.

“The clubs have already received a significant amount of money at the £50,000 stage but this injection would be like a huge lottery win for one club. 

"We had some great applications at the £50,000 stage and had hard decisions to make in choosing the eight winning clubs. 

"This is why we thought it best to hand the £100,000 vote over to the football fans.”

Raynes Park are up against AFC Blackpool, Blyth Town, Evergreen, Bardon Hill, Pegasus Juniors, South Park and Camelford.

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