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New pavilion
opens its
doors in
South West
Barn Elms Playing Fields in Queen ElizabethWalk is one step
closer to becoming a first-class multi-spor t community hub
following the opening of their new pavilion which was part
funded by the Foundation.
The new facility has six team changing rooms and a community
function room.The opening of the pavilion is part of a major
redevelopment project to the 46 acre site which has seen it
transformed into a state-of-the-art multi-spor ts facility for the
whole community.
As well as the pavilion, the regeneration of the site has
included the construction of three brand new tennis cour ts, a
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and a number of football and
rugby pitches.
The £2.3m scheme was part-funded by Richmond Council in
conjunction with a number of agencies.The London Borough
of Richmond upon Thames worked in partnership with the
Surrey County FA to secure a grant of £547,138 from the
Foundation to build the new facilities.
Geoffrey Samuel, Local Councillor, said:
“The new facilities at
Barn Elms set a standard for what can be achieved by people
working together.This latest work is the culmination of years
of hard work and commitment from local residents.
“Barn Elms will provide an outstanding sports hub for
everybody, on land now protected in perpetuity from
further development.”
Lancashire celebrated the opening of
a new £1.2m facility by Blackpool FC
legend and former England captain, Jimmy
Armfield CBE.
The prestigious development includes a
brand-new spor ts pavilion with changing
rooms, education facilities and a car park.
Land on three levels has been drained,
and playing surfaces have been upgraded
to accommodate six football pitches of
varying sizes.
The spor ts field will now provide state-
of-the-ar t facilities for local people and
aspiring footballers from Rhyddings
Business and Enterprise School, Hippings
Methodist Primary, and Oswaldtwistle St
Mary’s FC.
The £1.2m development, which received
strong backing and support from the
Lancashire FA, was part-funded with
£571,590 from the Foundation.
Paul Trickett, Headmaster of Rhyddings
Business and Enterprise School, said:
are grateful to the Foundation for their
help and assistance in putting together all
aspects of the bid and for their extremely
generous contribution towards the
footballing future of the school, the club
and future generations of Oswaldtwistle
young people.”
CliveYates,Vice-Chairman of Oswaldtwistle
St Mary’s FC, added:
“This gives us a
fantastic opportunity to develop our
club further and the chance to achieve
Charter Standard Community Club status
in the near future.”
£400,000 from Lancashire County Council,
£75,000 from Hyndburn Borough Council
and £150,000 from Rhyddings Business
and Enterprise School, Hippings Methodist
Primary and St Mary’s FC, provided
par tnership funding.
Mike Har t, Lancashire County Council’s
Director with responsibility for resources,
“This development will provide a
top-class sporting facility for the school
children and wider community of
Oswaldtwistle and Hyndburn.
“A considerable amount of effort and
commitment from everyone involved has
brought in significant financial investment
and we’re grateful to all our funding
partners for helping us deliver such a
fantastic scheme.”
Former England
captain opens
new £1.2m site
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