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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied
by His Royal Highness The Duke
of Edinburgh, officially opened a
community facility inWarrington,
par t-funded with a £1m grant from
the Foundation.
15 years in the making, the project
transforms a former landfill site into
a £30m state-of-the-ar t community
facility, providing a wide range of leisure,
health and cultural services, all under
one roof.
Over 20 national, regional and local
organisations are actively involved
in the delivery of the scheme which
provides first-class community facilities
including Library and ICT suites;
community activity and meeting rooms;
a learning centre for 14 to 19 year
olds; a café; swimming pools; a health
and fitness suite; dance studios; squash
cour ts; a spor ts hall; a crèche; three GP
practices; and a pharmacy.The outdoor
areas house a network of walking and
cycling paths around the new grass
spor ts pitches; skateboarding and BMX
cycle park; upgraded children’s play
area; floodlit bowling greens; and a
new pavilion.
Warrington Borough Council worked
in par tnership with the Liverpool
County FA to secure the huge grant.
A star-studded line up of Manchester United legends,
including Dennis Irwin, Sammy McIlroy, Clayton
Blackmore and Andy Ritchie, joined ex-manager Ron
Atkinson, to officially open Evesham United Football
Club’s new stadium, funded by the Foundation and the
Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The official opening ceremony of the Robins’ Spiers
and Har twell Jubilee Stadium was followed by a match
between Evesham United Old Boys’ and a Manchester
United Legends side that boasted over 2,500 Red
Devils appearances between the team.
A crowd of around 1,700 came to see the stadium
and then witnessed the United Legends roll back the
years with a comfor table 4–1 victory.
The project will allow Evesham United to increase the
number of teams at the club from 22 to 42, bringing
the total number of club members to 670.
It also provides appropriate facilities for the first team
to host Southern League Premier Division matches.
The facility includes six first-team and community
changing rooms, seven community grass pitches, and an
associated social space.
The club worked with theWorcestershire County FA
to get £955,457 of funding from the Foundation and
an additional £150,000 from the FSIF.
Jim Cocker ton, Chairman of Evesham United, said:
“This is fantastic for Evesham United and the local
community.The project has taken years of planning
and to see the stadium complete and ready to be
used makes it all worthwhile.”
Man Utd Stars help
Evesham Utd launch their
own theatre of dreams
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 30