Kerry Dixon, the former Chelsea striker, has officially opened new football facilities in Surrey, funded by the Football Foundation and Woking Borough Council.
Dixon, who was the Blues second highest goal scorer of all time, cut the ribbon on the new home of Byfleet Village Football Club. The new facilities will accommodate the clubs 16 teams from Under-5 to Under-17 level for boys and girls in the local area.
The club room will be run by volunteers from within the club made up of a fund raising team, coaches and parents of the players.
The project comprises of: two grass pitches; a pavilion which includes a club room; male and female changing facilities; as well disabled facilities and a referee’s room.
Woking Borough Council worked in partnership with Byfleet Village FC and Surrey FA to secure a £250,000 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Phil Silver, Chairman of Byfleet Village FC, said: “I would like to express my thanks to all who have worked on this project, with special thanks to the team at the Football Foundation, who without their support this project would not have happened.”
Cllr David Bittleston, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing Development, said: “By working closely with the developer and our partners, we have managed to bring back into use a former privately-owned recreation ground that has lain dormant now for a number of years. The new pavilion and facilities are absolutely fantastic and will support sport and recreation in the local community.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community. The dedication and hard work of Woking Borough Council, Byfleet Village FC and Surrey FA over a number of years has resulted inthe successful completion of this project.
“Now the important work begins to ensure the facility remains sustainable and benefits as many people as possible.
“None of this would be possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government.”
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