Faversham Liberal Democrat councillor Eddie Thomas secures £6,000 grant towards new boiler for Faversham Strike Force Football Club

Faversham Liberal Democrat councillor Eddie Thomas has secured a £6,000 grant towards a new boiler for Faversham Strike Force Football Club


Players at Faversham Strike Force Football Club could soon have a new LPG boiler thanks to £6,000 grant from Swale Borough Council.

The club, which uses the club house and changing facilities at King George V Recreation Ground in Faversham, will have reliable hot water and heating once the new boiler has been installed.

The new, energy-efficient LPG boiler will replace the current electric convection system, which is unreliable, expensive to run and extremely inefficient.

The new system will deliver 97 per cent energy and cost efficiencies, making it more reliable for those who are using it, cheaper for the club to run and better for the environment. 

Cllr Eddie Thomas Liberal Democrat said:

“I received an email from Lee Suter, the clubs development officer, asking for support in providing hot water and heating by contributing to fund a new energy-efficient LPG heating system for Faversham Strike Force Football Club."

“Following a meeting with Lee at the club house, used by more than 400 footballers and almost 100 volunteers alongside parents and visitors to the club. It was clear that hot water has never been more important with increased cleaning schedules since the outbreak of COVID-19. So I suggested that an application to SBC’s Special Projects Fund would be ideal to get this project over the line."

“I am very please that SBC agreed with me and saw the importance of supporting local people having access to facilities they can enjoy and be safe and comfortable in."


Lee Suter, Club Development Officer at Faversham Strike Force Football Club, said:

“We are over the moon with the grant and thank Cllr Thomas for suggesting and helping us to make the application."

“Not only will it save us money thanks to reduced energy costs, but the players will have reliable hot water and visitors to the clubhouse can stay warm."

“Alongside this grant we’ve applied for funding from the KCC Capital Grant Fund and the European Environmental Fund and hope to install the new system in time for the colder months.”

Fellow Liberal Democrat Watling ward Councillor Ben J Martin supported the grant application saying "The grant award is a further demonstration of the Lib Dem and coalition administration's commitment to investing in our communities and utilising the special projects fund for one of projects that can make a real difference from local people."

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