Life at an Abbots Langley community football club is set to change from today as it has been announced they are the winners of a £50,000 grant.

Evergreen FC will spend the grant on building a new family friendly clubhouse, providing larger facilities for busy training nights, as well as allowing them to cater for the growing junior section of the club.

The essence of the grant is to shine a light on grassroots football and make local teams more sustainable within the community, launched by the Budweiser Club Futures programme.

The news was announced by the FA and Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.

Mark Ward, general secretary at Evergreen, said: "Winning this grant is a massive boost for our club and community. The club has grown significantly in the last few years and we really want to make better use of the clubhouse on non-matchdays. 

"This grant will now enable us to fulfill our ambitions and plans for the new clubhouse."

Evergreen is now in with a game-changing chance of winning an additional £100,000 super grant to top up their funds following a vote by football fans on Facebook.

Richard Harrington, Watford MP said: "I am so pleased Evergreen has been given this thoroughly deserved grant, which will go a huge way to improving facilities at the club and encouraging more youngsters to get involved in football locally. 

"I hope all of us in Watford will vote for Evergreen to win the additional super grant in January and wish all their teams the best of luck for the rest of the season.

Voting opens in January on the Budweiser UK and FA Cup Facebook page. To vote for Evergreen FC, visit or from Monday January 28, 2013.