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Legendary England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton OBE,
officially opened new extensions to Alresford’s
popular village hall and its attached spor ts pavilion,
built with the help of a grant from the Football Stadia
Improvement Fund (FSIF).
England’s most capped player Shilton, opened the
building located on Ford Lane, which has been at
the hear t of the community since it was built in
the 1930s. It provides a home for Alresford Colne
Football Club and the work that star ted in April 2012
has provided new extensions.The interiors of the
hall and spor ts pavilion have also been dramatically
altered and improved.
Peter remarked at the opening:
“It is a great pleasure
to come to events like this one in Alresford.There
has been a tremendous amount of work put in by
a number of individuals and it is fantastic to see.
The changing rooms are great. It’s brilliant to see
the money at the top of the game coming down to
the grassroots. Projects like this are very dear to
my heart.”
Planned since 2000, the project had overwhelming
suppor t from villagers and the hall and pavilion’s
many users. It has created a building complex that
can now accommodate spor ts and leisure facilities for
a rapidly growing amount of users.
The pavilion has new changing rooms, showers and
toilets and the hall has storage space for equipment.
There is also a new clubroom specifically for spor ts
use and public hire.
Funds for the £250,000 project came from several
organisations including: the Derbyshire Environmental
Trust (Lafarge), Essex Environmental Trust, Essex
County Council,Tendring District Council and the
Garfield Weston Trust.The FSIF and The Veolia
Environmental Trust awarded grants of £50,000
and £39,500.
Ernie Osborne, Chairman of the Parish Council in
Alresford and local match referee, said:
“The facilities
here previously were pretty ramshackle.The old
extension was built by footballers!
“The money provided by the FSIF was very
important.This is the grassroots and where it all
starts.The new facilities will make a big difference
to the village as a whole and it really has brought
us together.”
New pavilion in
Essex opened by
England’s most
capped player
Projects like this are very
dear to my heart.”
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 31