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Leeds United legend, Eddie Gray, officially opened
some brand new changing rooms that were funded
with the help of a Foundation grant of £34,400.
When the old changing rooms at Pool AFC were
condemned, there was a real possibility that the
club would fold.The new Foundation-funded facility
will allow Pool AFC to continue their progress,
running a veterans’ team, three open-age teams,
a ladies’ team, and juniors from Under-16 to
Under-8 level.The club can also continue to
provide introductory coaching for five and six
year olds.
The new spor ts pavilion comprises: large en-suite
changing rooms for home and away teams; officials’
changing rooms; a kitchen; and disabled toilets.
Peter Wilkinson, Club secretary, said:
“Our lack
of experience was a problem when planning
and starting this project.Thankfully, one of our
juniors’ parents, Steve Kirk, came on board.With
his help and much advice and guidance from the
Foundation, andWest Riding County FA, the
project was successfully launched.”
Dominic Raab, MP for Esher andWalton, has
formally opened Claygate’s new £350,000
community clubhouse.
The new facility has already ‘opened for business’
and not only includes state-of-the-ar t changing
facilities, but also an already thriving café in the
new clubroom.
The fundraising and management of the project
has been carried out by members of the cricket
club and in addition, much of the internal
completion in the building has been achieved
through volunteer labour.This has come from the
cricket club, football club and local community,
who have done most of the internal fitting-out
such as carpentry, painting and landscaping.
In addition to being the home for the main users
– Claygate Cricket Club and Claygate Royals
Football Club – it is already attracting use by a
wide range of other community groups.The new
building has replaced the old clubhouse which
was more than 75 years old, and as par t of the
project, it has been knocked down and the
area cleared.
Dominic Raab MP, who has actively suppor ted
the project throughout, said at the official
opening:
“In a year which will be dominated
by the Olympics, it’s vital that we recognise
the efforts of a local community in terms of
improving sporting facilities at a very different
level.Today is a fitting tribute and recognition
for all those who have supported the project
financially, and all the volunteers who have
worked so hard to bring it to life.”
The club and Surrey County FA secured a
£20,000 grant from the Foundation.
StephenWells, Chairman of the Claygate
Recreation Ground Trust, added:
“This is the
biggest public building to be built in the village
for many years and has created an attractive
and important community facility for use and
enjoyment for generations to come.”
Dominic Raab MP unveils
new clubhouse for Claygate
Joan Walley MP
opens Norton
United’s new
changing facility
Local MP and football fan, JoanWalley, joined
Terry Robinson, Head of Stoke City FC’s
Academy, to officially open Nor ton United
Football Club’s new changing pavilion and
floodlights. The new spor ts pavilion comprises:
changing rooms for home and away teams;
officials’ rooms; club rooms; and a medical
room.The club and Staffordshire County FA
successfully applied for £51,590 wor th of funding
from the Foundation.
Steve Beaumont, Chairman of Nor ton United
FC, said:
“Without the help of the Foundation,
this fantastic new building would not have
been possible.To see the faces of all our club
members when we walked them around
was amazing and has made all the hard
work worthwhile.This will take our club to
another level.”
The opening star ted with a game between
a development squad from the Stoke City
Academy and the Nor ton United Under-14s.
After an exciting game, Nor ton’s lads came out
on top by 2–0, whilst the senior game was also
won by Nor ton United by 2–1.
Former Leeds
Utd star Eddie
Gray makes
a splash at
Pool AFC
KICK-OFF: BUILD THE GAME
Build the Game
is the
Foundation’s funding scheme
that provides grants of up to
£50,000 for smaller-scale
facility improvements.
The application process is simple,
the decision time is fast and
consequently the scheme has
proved to be a popular one,
benefiting clubs, schools and
councils across the country.
Here are just a few examples.
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