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Premier League brothers Craig and Gary
Gardner, who play for Sunderland AFC and
Aston Villa FC respectively, attended the
opening of a much-anticipated community
spor ting project at Meadow Park Football
Club inWorcestershire.
The new spor ts pavilion will enable Meadow
Park FC to continue to provide a safe and
healthy environment for the youngsters and
adults of Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas,
to play regular football. It includes four changing
rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, a kitchen,
and a small clubhouse.
Craig Gardner, Sunderland midfielder, said:
“The facilities at Meadow Park are a different
class.You can come and have a game and get
dirty. It’s great for the community.You need
this sort of football and, not only do you need
to work hard, you need to be able to enjoy
your football.”
Meadow Park FC currently has around 250
playing members, ranging from Under-8 level
right through to adult teams.The new facilities
will allow the club to concentrate on expanding
and diversifying their teams, by continuing to
meet the growing demand for girls’ and women’s
football in the area, as well as introducing
disability teams to the club.
The club andWorcestershire County FA
secured a £153,529 grant from the Foundation.
An additional grant of £84,000 came fromThe
FA, as par t of their Whole Spor t Plan funding
agreement with Spor t England.The club’s
Voluntary Fundraising Committee, led by Sarah
Stanhope, raised £73,000 towards the project.
Paul Hutchins, Chairman at Meadow Park FC,
“I think it is absolutely brilliant that the
Foundation, local authority and community
have contributed such a huge amount of money
and effort towards the total cost of the project.
“It is fantastic that together we have recognised
the major importance of protecting these
sporting grounds and knowing that with their
help we can provide these types of facilities,
not only for the short term, but for generations
to come.”
Premier League brothers
unveil ‘different class’ facility
in Worcestershire
Kerry Dixon, the former Chelsea striker, officially
opened new football facilities in Surrey, funded by
the Foundation andWoking Borough Council.
Dixon, who is the Blues second highest goal
scorer of all time, cut the ribbon on the new home
of Byfleet Village Football Club.The new facilities
will accommodate the club’s 16 teams, from
Under-5 to Under-17 level for boys and girls in
the local area.
The club room will be run by volunteers from
within the club, made up of a fundraising team,
coaches and parents of the players.
The project comprises: two grass pitches; a
pavilion, which includes a club room; male, female
and disabled changing facilities; as well as a
referees’ room.
Kerry Dixon scored 147 goals in 335 appearances
for Chelsea and was full of praise for the Byfleet
volunteers who made it happen:
“The facilities
ensure the long term survival of the club and
gives everyone involved that little bit of self
satisfaction that they’ve achieved something
that is there for everyone to see. It’s great that
something like this has been put together and
that so many people can benefit.”
Woking Borough Council worked in par tnership
with Byfleet Village FC and Surrey County FA to
secure a £250,000 grant from the Foundation.
Phil Silver, Chairman of Byfleet Village FC, said:
“I would like to express my thanks to all who
have worked on this project, with special thanks
to the team at the Foundation, as without their
support, this project would not have happened.”
Councillor David Bittleston,Woking Borough
Council’s Por tfolio Holder for Health and
Wellbeing Development, said:
“By working
closely with the developer and our partners,
we have managed to bring back into use a former
privately-owned recreation ground that has
lain dormant now for a number of years.The
new pavilion and facilities are absolutely fantastic
and will support sport and recreation in the
local community.”
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