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KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
Football freestyler Billy
Wingrove enter tained the
crowds at the launch of the
upgraded Stanley Park Spor ts
Ground in Chippenham.
The trickster has over 40
million hits onYouTube and has
appeared in adver ts alongside
Lionel Messi and Christiano
Ronaldo. He was joined by
local MP, Duncan Hames, to
officially open a new third
generation ar tificial grass pitch
and changing pavilion funded
by a £351,229 Foundation
grant, with help from the
Wiltshire FA.
Speaking at the event,
Wingrove pointed out the
impor tance of the grassroots
game and how it helped him
develop his extraordinary
talent, saying:
“When I was
growing up, grassroots football
was a significant part of my
life. It helped give me a love
for the game and a desire to
work hard at improving and
developing my skills.
“Attending the event and
viewing all the youngsters’
enthusiasm playing on the
new pitch and using the new
changing rooms, it shows
how many people in the local
community will benefit from
this project.The all-weather
surface will help ensure
people are able to continue
playing during the winter
months as well and that
is important.
“The Foundation is doing a
great job all over the country
with projects like this, and
it is excellent to see money
trickling down from the top
of the game.”
The new facilities will provide
ongoing access to the 80
local clubs who use the facility
and create oppor tunities for
more people to take up the
beautiful game.
Duncan Hames MP, added:
“I am delighted that the new
pitch is ready for use – it
will enhance the excellent
facilities already available at
Stanley Park. I would like
to congratulate all of those
involved in securing funding
for the pitch for their hard
work and dedication and
am sure that it will be put
to good use by local sports
teams for years to come.”
BACK TO SCHOOL
FOR OLLIE
Blackpool FC boss Ian Holloway returned to his
old school to declare their new community spor ts
site officially open.
The £4.75m project will help overcome the distinct
lack of suitable training and playing facilities in the
area, with many football teams having to travel out
of the local vicinity to find suitable sites.
Ian was joined at the ceremony by Foundation
Trustee and Chairman of The FA’s National Game’s
Board, Roger Burden.The facilities that the pair
unveiled were funded with the help of a £735,000
Foundation grant.The site now boasts a third
generation pitch, multi-use spor ts hall, changing
rooms and six outdoor tennis cour ts.
Speaking at the launch, the Tangerines manager
said:
“I’m from just down the road, I grew up here
and a lot of my family still live here.We haven’t
had anything like this before – it’s absolutely
tremendous.”
Roger, also Chairman of the Gloucestershire FA,
which suppor ted the project, added:
“This is a
massive step forward for grassroots football in
Gloucestershire.These fantastic new amenities
will allow the local community, as well as
students, to access excellent football facilities and
improve the quality of their experience.”
Five years of planning, fundraising and
building, as well as huge amounts of hard
work by volunteers were celebrated in
style recently as Steve Perryman OBE
formally opened new changing rooms at
Speeds Meadow, the home of Cullompton
Rangers Football Club in Devon.
The former Tottenham Hotspur captain
is now Director of Football at Exeter
City FC.The new changing rooms he was
unveiling replace those built over 40 years
ago and have been designed to meet
standards for the modern game.
Enlarged changing and shower areas, male
and female shower rooms for match
officials, under-floor heating, externally-
accessible toilets and disabled access to
all areas are but a few of the features
incorporated within the design.
Whilst the hard work of raising the
necessary funding only began in earnest
in 2007, with the granting of planning
consent by Mid Devon District Council,
it was as long ago as 2005 that the club
first approached the Devon FA seeking
financial suppor t.
Almost 40 applications were made to
spor ting bodies, charities, local and national
businesses, County, District and Town
Councils and private individuals before the
magic sum of £220,000 was reached.
The Foundation provided £20,000 and the
FSIF awarded £91,070 towards the project.
SHOWCASES HIS SKILLS AT OPENING
WORLD-RENOWNED BILLY WINGROVE
CULLOMPTON RANGERS AFC
SPURRED ON AS STEVE PERRYMAN
UNVEILS PAVILION
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