Page 8 - ONSIDE Issue 34

Here are just a few examples of the dramatic
transformation that takes place when a
project benefits from a Foundation grant.
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ONSIDE
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 34
Christleton High School’s new 3G playing surface
is an unrivalled sporting facility in the area, which
is helping to develop sport at the school and
across the community. It is enabling competitive
school sport to be played all year round,
increasing the skill levels of students by allowing
regular all-weather training to take place.
The school worked in partnership with the
Cheshire County FA to secure a grant of
£407,000 from the Foundation, who provided
generous support and guidance alongside local
community clubs and leisure provider, Brio.
BEFORE
The previous tarmac all-weather pitch at the
school was unfit for purpose and hindering
provision of physical education.There were
also a number of local Charter Standard
Clubs being held back by the lack of suitable
training facilities.
AFTER
The site boasts one of the first facilities of its
kind in the Chester area. Local clubs can now
utilise the site for both training and match-play.
UnderwoodVilla FC worked with the
Nottinghamshire County FA to secure £69,900
from the Foundation towards developing new
changing rooms.
In order to minimise costs, dedicated club
Chairman, Nigel Beer, took responsibility for
construction, backed by an experienced club
committee and a supportive community network.
The project was not without its challenges:
construction faced delays due to severe weather,
and some days saw the team working in
temperatures well below freezing.
The furniture inside the building originally
belonged to the London 2012 OlympicVillage,
whilst the benches inside the changing rooms
came from the Olympic Park.
BEFORE
The original pavilion took the form
of a tin hut, built in the 1940s as a
temporary morgue. It suffered from
water leakage and often had frozen
pipes during the winter.
AFTER
29
weeks of construction later, the new
accessible facility was opened by Nottingham
Forest striker, Dexter Blackstock, and boasts;
two changing rooms; two officials’ rooms;
spectator toilets; club room; and kitchen.
Underwood Villa FC, Bracken Park, Nottingham
Christleton High School, Chester
BEFORE AND AFTER