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Former England and Aston Villa star striker, Dion
Dublin, returned to the city where he enjoyed
some of the best football of his career, when
he opened Birmingham City Council’s newly-
refurbished Rectory Park Pavilion and football
pitches.The facility was made possible thanks to
a grant of £305,600 from the Foundation.
The cash injection has brought the pavilion into the
21
st century; whereas previously it was outdated
and had no segregated changing rooms.The
extensively refurbished pavilion now boasts a new
state-of-the-art contemporary interior, including
four separate self-contained football changing
rooms; improved electric; heating; and lockers.
The new facilities will enable the Sutton and District
Sunday League to achieve Charter Standard League
Status, and to increase the number of teams in its
competition from 97 to 120.The site will also be a
vital component to Birmingham County FA’s work
to support the retention of adult males in 11v11
football in the area.
Foundation Ambassador, Dion, said:
It was a real
pleasure to officially open these new changing
rooms for people in this part of Birmingham.
Football is our national game, so it is only right
that the players and volunteers at the grassroots
should have somewhere comfortable to get
changed and shower before and after matches.
I am delighted to see this facility has benefited
from investment from the Football Foundation’s
funding partners – the Premier League, The FA
and the Government. When I played for Villa,
it was not too far from here, so it’s particularly
nice to see this site receiving this major boost.
KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
DUBLIN COMES TO BIRMINGHAM
TO OPEN FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES
Dion Dublin made a total
of
743
appearances in his
career, scoring
235
goals.
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