Published: 06:00, 19 February 2021
Ramsgate FC are in with a shout of bagging £25,000 worth of construction kit to boost their facilities - and fans can play their part in helping secure the prize.
National builders’ merchants firm Buildbase is running a community award which seeks to recognise the efforts of two clubs that have gone above and beyond to support their towns during the pandemic.
Having entered the nationwide competition, Isthmian League South East Division side, Ramsgate, are planning to upgrade their clubhouse should they earn the prize.
The revamp would offer changing facilities to youth teams as well as the wider community, and the renovations would make the facilities accessible to all.
The club has been supporting groups and communities across the South East throughout the pandemic with initiatives such as free school meals, free pizzas to stranded truckers at Manston Airport and soccer schools during school holidays.
Team members have also raised money for charity with the Great Ram Run event and free season tickets have been made available to frontline workers.
Clubs are encouraged to get fans to support their application through the voting website and social media.
The club with the most votes will score a 'golden ticket' with automatic entry to the final which will see the entrants whittled down to just six.
As its stands Ramsgate have more than 3,300 votes and sit second behind Pontefract Collieries FC who have just 200 more.
In what looks set to be a two-horse race to the top, Ramsgate need every vote they can get.
After the top six are confirmed, judges from Buildbase and the FA will then consider individual cases brought forward by the finalists detailing what developments they would make with the £25,000.
Winners will be announced in April with a special presentation at the Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase Final in May.
Paul Roche, managing director at Buildbase, said: “Over the last year we have heard so many heart warming stories about clubs who have gone the extra mile to help their community get through the pandemic.
"We decided that this is something to be celebrated and rewarded, so this year we will not only be supporting clubs in dire need of renovation, but also those who have made a real difference to the people in their local areas.”
To vote for Ramsgate, click here.