The President of the Foundation, the Rt Hon Lord
Pendry PC, officially opened Blackpool Rangers
Junior Football Club’s newly refurbished pavilion
last month.
The newly extended and refurbished clubhouse,
funded by the Foundation, will allow Blackpool
Rangers JFC to provide fantastic new facilities
for over 200 children they provide football for.
The new extended sports pavilion comprises: a
function room; changing facilities; increased parking;
and a fence for the safety of the children.
Blackpool FC defender, Ian Evatt, and local MP, Paul
Maynard (pictured above with Lord Pendry and
three young footballers), also attended the opening
at the Lancashire club.
The club worked in partnership with the
Lancashire FA to secure a £99,600 grant from
the Foundation. Across Lancashire, the Foundation
has awarded 18 grants worth £16.5m towards
grassroots sports projects worth a total of
nearly £40m.
Lord Pendry, President of the Foundation, said:
“It gives me great pleasure to be here to officially
open Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club’s
refurbished facilities. Congratulations to everyone
involved in this project for their hard work and
for ensuring its completion.
“The Foundation continues to support projects
like this across the country with the funds
generously provided by our funding partners,
the Premier League,The FA, Government and
Sport England.”
Blackpool Rangers JFC Chairman, Stephen Simms
“We are delighted and very proud that we
now have such fantastic, much needed, facilities
available at the club. It’s been a huge amount of
hard work and effort from all concerned.
“Special thanks should go to the tradesmen
who have worked passionately throughout to
complete the work to a fantastic standard. I
cannot stress enough how unreservedly grateful
we are to the Foundation and the Lancashire FA
– without their support none of this would have
been possible.”
The application process for this scheme is simple and the decision time is fast,
so consequently the scheme has proved to be a popular one, benefiting clubs,
schools and councils across the country.
The Foundation’s Build the Game provides grants up to £100,000 for smaller-
scale facility improvements, such as pitch improvement works and refurbished
changing areas for community benefit, with money provided by The FA
and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.
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