Football in Ellesmere has received a boost as the town's football club was awarded a grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government's Football Foundation.

Ellesmere Rangers, who play in the North West Counties Football League First Division South, were given the £500 grant from the Foundation's Club Preparation Fund.

It will help Ellesmere Rangers to prepare their buildings to safely reopen in line with government guidance around hygiene and social distancing, and the FA's plans for a phased return that were announced in July

The Club Preparation Fund follows the £7m of investment awarded to 2,900 organisations through last month's Pitch Preparation Fund, also delivered by the Premier League, The EA and Government's Football Foundation.

This is enabling more than 9,000 football pitches to be made match-fit, and is benefitting over 33,000 football teams.

Margaret Edge, treasurer at Ellesmere Rangers said: "This grant from the football foundation will enable us to put in place the safety measures needed in the government guidance for the restarting of football in Ellesmere and our main priority to keep people safe."

The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and government through Sport England.