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KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
Barwell Parish Council and AFC Barwell have worked hard
to realise their dream of developing new spor ts facilities,
so a grant of £463,282 from the Foundation is the icing on
the cake.
They were recently presented with a giant cheque from the
Foundation after working with the Leicestershire County FA
on the funding bid.This will fund a drainage system and a new
spor ts pavilion, which will comprise: four changing rooms,
officials’ changing rooms, a community room, and car parking
for 40 vehicles.
Dating from the early 1960s, the current pavilion at AFC
Barwell is no longer suitable for the volume of users it regularly
serves.The quality of pitches has also resulted in a number of
fixtures being lost during the winter months in recent seasons,
due to waterlogged ground and poor drainage.
The new facility is expected to entertain over 450 weekly
users for football alone, with the site also being utilised for
archery and rounders.The FA Char ter Standard Community
Club already boasts an impressive 20 teams, but has plans to
expand to 30 over the next five years.
Richard Neale-Gardner, Chairman of Barwell Parish Council,
said:
“This is fantastic news for the Parish Council,AFC
Barwell and the village as a whole.The success of AFC
Barwell has been a credit to the village. Now their efforts,
in partnership with the Parish Council, have received a huge
boost thanks to this grant from the Foundation.”
GRASSROOTS
FOOTBALL IN
BARWELL IS A
PIECE OF CAKE
ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL
AND LOCAL MP NADINE
DORRIES LAUNCHES NEW
THIRD GENERATION PITCH
A new state-of-the-ar t third generation ar tificial grass pitch has opened at Redbourne
Upper School in Ampthill.
The new football facility was officially opened by Charlie (below and next to our sign),
a Redborne student who represented England in the final of the motorised wheelchair
football World Cup in Paris 2011. Local MP, Nadine Dorries, was also on hand to help
launch what will be used by students during the school day, and the local community
groups in the evenings, at weekends and out-of-term time.
The school is appointing a new Football
Development Manager who will work with
the school’s PE depar tment, the Redborne
Spor ts Par tnership and Bedfordshire
County FA, to develop football across
the county.
Local par tner clubs – Flitwick Eagles FC,
Maulden Magpies FC, Ampthill Youth FC
andWestoning Youth FC – will make
extensive use of the facility.The new
pitch is full-size and can be sub-divided
into three smaller training pitches.The
Bedfordshire County FA helped the
school acquire a £352,000 grant from
the Foundation.
Headteacher Nigel Croft said:
“The
addition of the third generation pitch
on the Redborne Upper School site will
significantly enhance the school’s long
term mission to extend community use of
the school’s facilities, whenever possible.”
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