Grassroots sport in Northamptonshire received a significant boost today following the news that Crick Athletic Football Club has received a grant of £130,750 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow the club in conjunction with Crick Parish Council to commence with the development of a new sports facility in Crick.
The first phase site construction will see the development of three new football pitches (one senior and two junior), as well as providing changing room and car park facilities. The new facility will be completed for the 2013/14 season and will be managed by the Crick Athletic FC.
The club worked in partnership with the Northamptonshire County FA to secure a grant of £130,750 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.
Paul Lane, Chairman Crick Athletic FC, said: “This new exciting facility will enable Crick to grow its sports facilities and enable the football club to continue its development in for both junior and senior football.
“The club and sports field committee have worked enthusiastically and with the tremendous support from the Northamptonshire FA and the Football Foundation, whose support to this project will result in a fantastic facility for Crick Athletic FC to provide football for junior teams from ages 7 to 16 in addition to adult teams.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Crick Athletic FC and the Northamptonshire County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer. The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
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