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Hickling Recreation Ground Charity in
Norfolk received £20,026 to help build a
new changing pavilion
Footballers using Hickling Recreation Ground
enjoyed excellent full size and junior pitches that
drained well and very rarely became waterlogged.
The changing rooms, however, were an entirely
different story!
Having been conver ted from a public toilet built in
1976, they had since fallen into an extremely poor
state of repair.The Hickling Recreation Ground
Charity set about demolishing the old block and
constructing a modern pavilion that provided
changing areas and services for lots of other
community groups.
A multi-purpose community hall and a large
snooker room now stand where the old conver ted
toilets once were.Thanks to a £20,026 Build the
Game grant from the Foundation, the hall also
incorporates two dual-gender changing rooms,
which Hickling Football Club and other clubs can
use, as well as an officials’ changing room.The
football club will also have use of the kitchen and
servery, male, female and spectator toilets and
storage areas.
The new site is also supporting the Norfolk County
FA’s aims of retaining the number of adult male
11v11 football teams across the county, as well as
suppor ting the game’s growth as Hickling Football
Club has now expanded from one team to three.
“The new changing room facilities have
meant that we have a greater chance of
securing the future of the club, enabling
teams of all ages to benefit.”
Adam Mayhew, Manager, Hickling Football Club
Whaley Bridge Parish Council in Derbyshire
received £97,048 to install a modernthird
generation artificial grass surface on an
existing sports facility
The town of Whaley Bridge has just one community
spor ts facility to service its 8,000 population.This
was made up of a pavilion and a multi-use games
area (MUGA) with a macadam-surface.
Whilst the pavilion remained a modern, functional
building, the MUGA surface and surrounding fencing
had become very much out of date and was
considered dangerous by the local football teams,
such as Whaley Bridge Football Club.They were
forced to desert the facility.
Whaley Bridge Parish Council wanted to rescue the
site from abandonment and encourage users back
to it, which would provide revenue to pay for its
maintenance and eventual replacement through a
12-year sinking fund.
The Council worked with the Derbyshire County FA
and successfully secured a £97,048 Build the Game
grant from the Foundation to install a modern third
generation ar tificial grass surface, complete with
shock pads – which made for a much softer landing
than macadam!
The nearest third generation ar tificial pitch is located
eight miles away in Buxton – a Foundation-funded
small-sided pitch, already operating at full capacity –
making this project all the more vital for the area.
The new site is a fantastic success benefitingWhaley
Bridge Football Club and its 16 teams, from the
Under-8s to the adult first team, and its many girls’
teams.The club’s Football Development Plan, which
it submitted as part of the funding application to the
Foundation, shows that in five years it will increase
its number of teams from 16 to 22 thanks to the
new surface.
“Generations of children will benefit and
Whaley Bridge can be proud to have one
of the best artificial grass surfaces you
can get.”
Councillor Jon Goldfinch
The Football Foundation Annual Review 2012