KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
NEW SPORTS
FACILITIES AT
MELBOURNE
PARK THANKS
TO FUNDING
Chelmsford City Council has received
a grant of £305,630 which will allow
the construction of a new full size, third
generation floodlit artificial grass pitch
at Melbourne Park for use by local football
clubs, organisations, schools and the
ocal community.
Councillor Nicolette Chambers, Cabinet
Member for Parks and Heritage, said:
“Melbourne Park is a key strategic
venue for sport with a long association
with football.With support from the
Foundation, the Council are once more
providing high quality community facilities
which will enhance opportunities for
residents to improve their health, develop
their skills and enjoy sport.”
The Council matched the funding by
utilising open space planning contributions,
which will provide additional improvements
as the project also includes a dedicated
athletic throws area, increased car parking
for 30 cars, and improved pedestrian and
cycle links to the north of the site, along
with additional tree planting for the benefit
of recreational park users.
ALSAGER TOWN
FC OPENS NEW
CLUBHOUSE AFTER
DEVASTATING FIRE
In July 2011, recently refurbished changing facilities
at Alsager Town Football Club in Cheshire were
destroyed by a fire, which left the club struggling
to survive.
However, club Chairman,Terry Greer, and many
of the club’s dedicated volunteers, refused to let
that major setback prove fatal. Following their hard
work, Alsager Town FC’s brand new clubhouse has
just been officially opened by local MP, Fiona Bruce.
Terry Greer, Chairman of Alsager Town FC, said:
“Without this massive grant from the Foundation
the club would have found it very difficult to raise
the amount of funds required to complete the
re-building project.”
The development of the new clubhouse was
made possible with an £85,000 grant from the
Foundation, with the full support and backing of
Cheshire FA.
Simon Gerrard, Cheshire FA Chief Executive,
who was present at the ribbon cutting, said:
“It is great to see such a fantastic facility in place
after the awful events of summer 2011, which
nearly destroyed the club.With the help of
Foundation funding, the club is now moving in
the right direction.
“The new facilities ensure an exciting future
for the club.”
As a surprise for the Chairman, it was announced
at the opening that the new clubhouse would
be named after him, in recognition of his and his
family’s hard work. It will now be known as the
Greer Lounge.
“INVESTMENT WILL
ALLOW MORE PEOPLE
TO ENJOY THE SPORT
THEY LOVE,” SAYS
ROTHERHAM MP
Rotherham’s MP ‘championed’ improvements at a
local site recently when she visited Barker’s Park to
formally accept two cheques for funding (one from
the Foundation and the other from Sport England),
providing a welcome boost for grassroots sport in
the area.
Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, said:
“It is
fantastic news for Rotherham that both the
Foundation and Sport England are supporting two of
our community football pitches.The grants represent
a real investment in our local infrastructure which
will allow more people to enjoy the sport they love.”
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council worked
in partnership with the Sheffield and Hallamshire
FA to secure a £55,542 grant from the Foundation,
and a further £70,000 from Sport England, to fund
improvements to the existing outdated changing
facilities at Barker’s Park.
Councillor Amy Rushforth, Cabinet Member for
Culture and Tourism, said:
“Together, these grants
from the Foundation and Sport England will make
a huge difference to the sporting lives of local
footballers, at both junior and senior level.
“Anyone playing at Barker’s Park will no longer have
to change in their car or at the side of the pitch and
will also be able to take advantage of full shower and
toilet facilities.”
The developments at Barker’s Park will provide high
quality changing facilities for users, including showers
and new toilet facilities, as well as provision for people
with disabilities. Local adult and junior teams will
benefit from the improvements to the pavilion, which
will comprise of eight secure team changing rooms, as
well as a changing room for officials.
Charles Johnston, Sport England Property Director,
said:
“We are delighted to be supporting the
improvements to the facilities at Barker’s Park
through our Inspired Facilities Olympic Legacy Fund.
This lottery investment will help to ensure local
people have a great place to play sport for decades
to come.”
In a double boost for sport in the area, another
cheque from the Foundation for £39,000 was also
presented for new pitch fencing at the Roughwood
Road recreation ground, home to GreasbroughYouth
Football Club, who has approximately 300 members
with Mini-Soccer teams through to adult teams.
THE THIRD GENERATION
PITCH WILL BE A REAL
ASSET FOR THE CITY.
THE PROJECT PROVIDES
INCREASED ATHLETIC
OPPORTUNITIES AND
SOME INFRASTRUCTURE
IMPROVEMENTS TO ENSURE
EVERYONE CAN ACCESS
AND ENJOY THE EXCELLENT
FACILITIES WITHIN
MELBOURNE PARK. LATER
THIS YEAR, THERE ARE
ALSO EXCITING PLANS
TO EXPAND THE FITNESS
SUITE AT THE ADJACENT
CHELMSFORD SPORT AND
ATHLETICS CENTRE.”
Cllr Ray Ride, Cabinet Member for Leisure
and Culture
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