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Colyton Football Club’s goal of having ‘one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon’ has been handed a £5,000 boost. Cash from the Pitch Preparation Fund means the Devon and Exeter league outfit can have its Peace Memorial Field home match-fit when the grass-roots game returns. The Football Foundation grants scheme – led by the Premier League, FA and the Government  – is aimed at helping clubs whose revenue has been hit during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and…

‘Mindless’ vandals have trashed seating at Budleigh Salterton Football Club for the second time in a month. The coronavirus lockdown means the club has been hit with no income while still paying out for rent, bills and maintenance. Now it has to find funds to pay for repairs to six seats, ripped clean off their mountings. The club, in Greenway Lane, has logged the deliberate damage with police and is urging anyone with information about the destruction to report it. Police said they were treating the incident as arson and appealed for information from the public. Keith Wood, Budleigh Salterton…

An Exmouth-based football club which gives disabled players a shot at sporting glory has netted £2,000 to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England has awarded the sum to the Exmouth Tigers in National Lottery cash from its Community Emergency Fund. The cash will allow the club to keep going, continue to lease its multi-adaptable minibus, and ensure its members extra support and guidance through the virus crisis.  Chairman Paul Baldwin said: “This very generous grant of £2,000 from Sport England will ensure that Exmouth Tigers will be able to carry on providing support and football for our disabled…

A group of East Devon footballers footballers who take to the pitch every week in Ottery St Mary are most certainly on the ‘planning to never grow old’ list. It’s highly likely that players of a particular age across East Devon and Exeter will have heard of the ‘Golden Boys’ and someone who is involved with them. They are a set of former footballers who have been coming together each week for more than three decades. Prior to the lockdown, they had continued to meet up each Thursday evening. You will not find any of them playing in a league, indeed,…

Young footballers in Exmouth have boosted struggling families by scoring a huge haul of food to donate to the town’s community larder. Brixington Blues set itself a new goal when its season came to an abrupt end because of the coronavirus pandemic. The youth football club decided to look for ways it could continue to engage with the local community in difficult times. Each team coach across its age groups led a collection for the food bank. We may be missing out on our community football, but it is reassuring to know that we still have a strong sense of…

‘Over the moon’ young Brixington Blues footballers have scored a brand-new kit thanks to the Exmouth’s branch of McDonald’s.   The fast food eatery’s franchisee David Shawyer forked out on the strips. Under-14s from the club visited the Liverton Business Park restaurant to be presented with the new gear. The players are over the moon with their new kits and they have already been put to good use in their recent matches – Brixington Blues coach Jason DeanMr Shawyer, who has supported the club for the past three years, said: “It was great to see the team again and present them…

Ottery St Mary Football Club’s first team manager has resigned from the role after five years – saying ‘the time is right for a change’. Dave Fairweather said he feels the ‘incredibly difficult’ decision is for the best for both himself and the Washbrook Meadows outfit. The club made the announcement ‘with regret’ last night (Tuesday, January 14) – thanking its former boss for his ‘significant contribution’ and ‘focussed dedication’. It has been an incredibly difficult decision. I’ve enjoyed my time at the club immensely – Dave FairweatherIt will announce its recruitment plans in the near future. Dave, who had…

Ottery St Mary Football Club’s under-nines are blazing a trail thanks to a generous sponsor. That is because the children are the first side at Washbrook Meadows to be decked out in a new kit. The strip will eventually be sported throughout all of Ottery’s teams – from the very youngest players to the two senior men’s squads and the ladies’ squad. Sponsorships like this are the very lifeblood of our teams and we are so grateful to Callum and Ross – Club chairman Mike Ringer Sponsorship for the under-nines has from Callum Hill and his business partner Ross Jeffcoate,…

Exmouth Town Football Club has launched a bid to net donations for a charity helping families struggling during the festive season. The Southern Road outfit is placing a collection box outside its ground at home games during December in an effort to boost Exmouth Community Larder. Run by Christians Together in Exmouth and supported by the Salvation Army, the food bank says demand has increased by 30 per cent in 2019. We are hoping that players, officials and supporters will get involved – Town’s Martin CookWhen family dependents are added to the ‘people served’ by the cause, the rise amounts to 50…

Exmouth Town FC thirds have received a set of new training tops thanks to Graham Winteridge and his business Delux Windows. Graham is pictured beside Town third team manager Shaune Cox (back row, left) at the formal presentation of the new kit. Exmouth Town FC thirds play in the Macron Devon and Exeter League Division Eight. On the first Saturday of December, the side suffered only their second defeat of the league campaign, going down 4-2 at Witheridge thirds. PHOTOS: Exmouth’s trees celebrated with planting of new species and saplings for future generations

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