Lottery success for Norfolk football club
A Norfolk football club, which dates back to 1892, has been awarded a £1,000 grant through a lottery scheme to help fund refurbishment work.
Swaffham Town FC's winning lottery numbers came up in a new Breckland Council community lottery fund initiative.
The grant will help replace fencing at the club, who play their home fixtures at Shoemakers Lane.
It is a boost for Swaffham Town FC who have recently named town councillor Brendan Holmes of Scotty's Little Soldiers as their new chairman.
Mr Holmes posted on social media saying it was "an absolute honour" to be appointed and that he could not wait to get started.
The Our Breckland Lottery Community Fund has been operating since April 2018 with 60p in every £1 ticket purchased going towards supporting a local charity, sporting association or community group.
Mark Robinson, executive member for community, leisure and culture at Breckland Council, who presented a cheque to the club this week, said: "Why not make it your new year's resolution to sign up for an Our Breckland lottery ticket and support a local group like Swaffham Town FC or why not get your local group involved and help raise funds for the community and good causes."
Ian Sherwood, of Breckland Council and Swaffham Town FC, posted on social media saying he felt proud at the news.
Mr Sherwood, former chairman of the club, said: "Well done Swaffham Town FC. Great support from those playing Our Breckland Lottery."
He also congratulated Mr Holmes on his new post as chairman.
Mr Sherwood said: "Congratulations Brendan Holmes, it was an honour and a privilege to serve as Swaffham Town chairman. All the best in your role, you have a great bunch of volunteers to work with."
Swaffham Town FC have recruited 30 new players for the Breckland Lottery, which made them eligible for a £1000 grant.