BEDFONT Sports are through to the last eight of a competition to win a £100,000 3G pitch – and now need your help to get over the line.
They winner of the Budweiser Club Futures Competition will get a huge cash injection, which Bedfont plan to spend on a full size 3G pitch at The Rec if they win.
They are up against Parley Sports, East Grinstead Town, Bromsgrove Sporting FC, Basford United, Harmondsworth Juniors, Wythenshawe AFC and Linton Granta, with the winner being the club with the most votes.
Voting closes on February 28, with the winners announced on March 10, and when they last received an update, Bedfont had the third most votes.
To cast your vote, visit https://www.facebook.com/BudweiserUK?sk=app_100180143470548 , log into Facebook, click the 'like' button, click on Bedfont's badge, fill in your details, then click 'vote'.
It comes at a time when 3G pitches are a hot topic of debate, with so many games at grass roots level being postponed due to waterlogged pitches, and Ryman Premier title hopefuls Maidstone United being told they will be not be allowed to play on their 3G pitch in the Conference South.
Bedfont secretary Terry Reader said: “They will probably be accepted everywhere in the next few years. It is the only way. England played on one in Russia, so why can't clubs over here?
“All these games being called off cripples clubs financially as there is no revenue coming in. It kills your club and makes it even harder to survive. 3G also have better surfaces so would help develop better players.”
Bedfont's neighbours in the Combined Counties League also gave 3G their backing, but admitted he cost of installing the surfaces is the problem for clubs at their level.
Hanworth Villa secretary Dave Brown said: “It makes sense at this level and would transform the way the club operates and would be able to get more money in – it's just the up front costs. We have been looking into 4G pitches in conjunction with Feltham RFC, which have extra shock pads put in so you can play rugby on them.”
CB Hounslow United chairman Frank James said: “We are moving to a new ground next year, and we want to get that out the way first before looking into grants and funding for 3G, but we would love to have one. Clubs at our level survive on subs and match day income, and we've had no football for seven weeks now.”
Bedfont & Feltham chairman Alan Hale added: “They are a good idea, but it will always be a problem when you're not allowed to play proper games on them. Feltham had the same problem when they had the plastic pitch at Feltham Arena – they could only reach a certain level and weren't allowed to play in the FA Vase.”