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Sir Stuar t Bell MP unveiled a new six-team changing room facility
and third generation ar tificial grass pitch that are set to rejuvenate
grassroots football in East Middlesbrough.
The upgraded site will allow Nor th Ormesby Football Club –
which currently has 13 junior teams, two senior teams and a
girls’ team – to expand their club as par t of a five-year Football
Development Plan. Nor th Ormesby FC worked in par tnership
with the Nor th Riding County FA to secure a £795,000 grant
from the Foundation; £100,000 from Middlesbrough Council;
£60,000 from FIFA; and £16,000 from its own fundraising.
Ronnie Hebron, Secretary of Nor th Ormesby Football Club,
“Without the Foundation we would still have been using
containers to change in with no running water or electricity.The
new facilities will really help North Ormesby Football Club grow
and recruit more youngsters from East Middlesbrough to play
football and enjoy being part of a team and club.”
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive
Member for Public Health and Spor t, added:
“These new facilities
and the partnership between the organisations will all play
a valuable part in helping to improve the health and vitality
of young people in Middlesbrough. I would like to thank the
Foundation for their generous support.”
Work begins
on third
pitch FOR
school in
Spor t in Staffordshire was given a shot in the arm as a new
state-of-the-ar t third generation ar tificial grass pitch was
unveiled at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School.
Football freestyler, Colin Nell, was on hand to enter tain crowds
with a selection of skills and tricks at the opening.With the
assistance of the Staffordshire FA, Cardinal Griffin successfully
applied for £319,000 from the Foundation to develop the
playing surface.
Pupils at the school, and from other schools, will have the
oppor tunity to use the facility during the day, and then in
the evening and at weekends it will be used by the local
community, including local football clubs – right up to adult
level. Forecasts suggest that once opened, the pitch will be
used by over 1,500 people a week.
A new multi-million pound community
football complex has opened its doors in
Sandbach, East Cheshire.
The par tnership project between
Cheshire East Council, the Foundation
and Sandbach United FC has cost £2.2m
and is expected to be used by more than
1,500 people each week.
The Sandbach Community Football
Centre now boasts: a new all weather
third generation full-size floodlit pitch;
five full-size grass pitches; three youth-
size pitches; two junior-size pitches; ten
changing rooms; two officials’ rooms; a
wheelchair-accessible changing area and
bathroom; and an education suite with
catering and office space.
The project has been made possible after
Cheshire East Council and Sandbach
United FC worked in par tnership with
Cheshire County FA to secure a grant
of £910,000 from the Foundation. A
fur ther £100,000 was secured from
Spor t England’s Whole Spor t Plan.The
combined total grant of just over £1m
was match-funded by the Council and
suppor ted by the club’s own fundraising.
AndrewTimms, Chairman of Sandbach
United FC, said:
“After many years of
work by a team of dedicated volunteers,
and invaluable funding and technical
assistance from Cheshire East Council
and the Foundation, we can now
celebrate the Sandbach Community
Football Centre.
“This will provide football and other
sports to the local community for
many years to come. So, on behalf of all
the current and future users, I would
like to thank everyone who has played
their part in making this dream become
a reality.”
New £2.2m football
hub for Cheshire East
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 30