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Thrilled volunteers from
Hambledon Football Club were
presented with a Foundation
cheque for £99,999 by
Secretary of State for Health
and local MP, Jeremy Hunt,
which will see the club build a
new pavilion.
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP
for SouthWest Surrey, said:
“Congratulations to Hambledon
FC on receiving this funding and
thank you to the Foundation.
“Now the club can provide
new facilities which will be of
benefit to both the club and the
local area. Hopefully this will
encourage the community to
get more involved in sport and
keep fit.”
Hambledon FC was formed over
100 years ago and was honoured
by the Surrey FA in 2008 in
recognition of the achievement.
The club currently run three
teams: a male first and second
team, and a veterans team.
The funding will allow
Hambledon FC to replace their
existing outdated facility with
a modern facility which will be
used by the club and managed
by Hambledon Football Trust.The
new spor ts pavilion will comprise
of home and away changing
rooms, with showers and toilets,
a changing room for officials, a
small kitchen and storage space.
Matt Kiley, Secretary of
Hambledon FC, said:
“Hambledon FC would like
to thank the Foundation for
supporting grassroots football
in our area with this grant.The
club would also like to thank
other funding contributors
Waverley, Surrey Playing Fields,
and Surrey Community Fund.”
England’s legendary Grand Slam-
winning captain and the Chairman
of the Rugby Football Union (RFU),
Bill Beaumont CBE, attended the
official opening of a refurbished
pavilion in Brockham, Surrey.
The £1m project involved the
complete rebuilding of the interior
of the existing building and was
made possible thanks to the
financial support of the Foundation,
who contributed £99,999 towards
the project, as well as the RFU,The
Rugby Football Foundation, Mole
Valley District Council,TheWates
Foundation,The National Trust and
the Surrey Hills LEADER Local
Action Group, as well as generous
contributions from Brockham
Badgers Football Club and many
of the members of Dorking Rugby
Football Club.
The outcome is a superb facility
which supports both Rugby Football
and Association Football at the Big
Field, plus a wide range of other
sporting, leisure and social uses for
the local community. It comprises
a ground floor club social area and
bar, an upstairsWates Community
Club Room, six changing rooms
conforming to the latest RFU and
FA requirements, a gym and a
medical room.
Bill Beaumont CBE, RFU Chairman
and Guest of Honour at the
opening ceremony at the Big Field
in Brockham, said:
amateur sports clubs such as
Dorking and Brockham Badgers
really are the lifeblood of team
sport in the UK. It is incumbent
on us all who administer the game
to help ensure that when children
show up to give rugby or football
a try that they have a quality
experience and want to come back
for more. If it isn’t, they won’t.
“That is why the rugby and football
governing bodies, MoleValley
Council and the National Trust
coming together to make the
Dorking redevelopment project
happen is so vitally important. It is
a magnificent facility and will serve
as a sporting centre of excellence
and a source of fun and friendships
for many years to come.”
Secretary of State
presents healthy
funding boost
to Hambledon
pavilion opened
by RFU Chairman
Bill Beaumont CBE
is the Foundation’s funding
scheme that provides grants of up to £100,000
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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