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Cottesmore to present plans at Wembley Stadium in bid to win share of this year's Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal

Cottesmore are off to Wembley as they bid for a share of this year’s Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal.

The Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division club has been shortlisted alongside five other non-league outfits playing in the Buildbase FA Trophy or FA Vase competitions for a renovation programme.

They will present their plans to a panel of judges at Wembley Stadium - connected by EE - on Monday, December 9.

Wembley Stadium (22759393)
Wembley Stadium (22759393)

Two winning clubs will each walk away with a £25,000 product bursary, which includes building, electrical and hire products to renovate their facilities.

As part of the application process Cottesmore outlined its project, which includes creating a fence line to conceal the entire ground, helping the club to enter step six of the non-league pyramid.

The club would also create a hard-standing area on two sides of the pitch and further improvements to the covered spectator area.

The five other finalists are Stowmarket and Bridlington Town from the Buildbase FA Vase and Barton Rovers, Basford United and Hendon from the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Judges from Buildbase and the FA will be looking for the clubs to demonstrate how feasible their renovation plans are as well as how far they go to benefit the club and fans as well as the wider community.

Paul Roche, managing director of Buildbase, said: “Many non-league football clubs desperately need support to improve their facilities and every year we’re inspired by the passion and vision of those applying.

“It’s a competitive programme and those shortlisted have done exceptionally well to get this far. We look forward to hearing more from Cottesmore at Wembley.”

The Buildbase renovation programme has been running since the builders’ merchant became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016. The latest winners were Weymouth and Barnoldswick Town.

On the pitch, Cottesmore are in action at their Westray Park ground on Saturday when they host County Hall in the Premier Division.

Luke Smith (22759424)
Luke Smith (22759424)

Rich Giblin’s side have won their last five league games and are now aiming to maintain that momentum against their 10th-placed visitors.

Giblin said: “County Hall are a bit of an unknown. They started the season quite well, but have dropped off a bit.

"Every team in this league can beat anyone on their day though. If we have an off day then we could be licking our wounds so we need to treat it the same as everybody else.

"We won't be taking them lightly. We need to turn up and do the job.

"We're getting some steady results in the league now after the games were split up by cup matches.

"It can be hard to get into a groove so we're enjoying a run of league games week after week.

"Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and keep the run going by giving ourselves a bit of momentum.”

Colton Cropper, Luke Smith and Tom Atkins – who all missed last weekend’s 4-3 win at FC GNG – are all expected to return to the Cottesmore squad.

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