GRANTS have been awarded to football clubs across Cumberland as part of a joint funding scheme.

Football in Cumberland has been given a £16,000 boost this week as 32 clubs were awarded grants from The Premier League, The FA and the Government's Football Foundation.

Club Preparation Fund grants will support clubs in fulfilling Covid-19 safety measures in anticipation for the return of sport.

Seaton FC, Whitehaven AFC, Workington AFC, Maryport Amateurs and Gosforth FC are included in the 311 clubs that will benefit.

Junior teams of the non league clubs have also benefitted.

Grants will go towards installing hygiene facilities such as hand sanitising stations.

Screens will be installed at football sites across Cumberland along with contactless payment systems and signage to advise on social distancing guidelines.

Funds will also facilitate maintenance work on club grounds such as repairing hand basins and hot water provision. Professional inspections may also be necessary due to the prolonged period of closure following the pandemic.