Local people in Staffordshire are celebrating following the formal opening of a new £880,000 facility, funded with the help of a grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
Stoke City Football Club Chairman, Peter Coates, officially opened a new changing pavilion and refurbished artificial grass pitch at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre last Friday (31 August).
The new changing rooms and refurbishments will see over 800 new participants utilising the facilities at the leisure centre and will provide a home base for three local partner clubs: Cheadle Town FC, Cheadle United FC and South Moorlands FC.
The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council worked with the Staffordshire FA to secure a £235,000 grant from the Football Foundation.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation’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. Across Staffordshire, the Football Foundation has funded 30 facility projects with grants worth over £9m.
Local Councillor, Mark Deaville, said: “I am so excited to see this fantastic sports project in Cheadle. I am also delighted to see that the facilities are being widely used by local football teams and other groups in the Cheadle area.
“It is a considerable investment for both the council and the Football Foundation but an investment that we know is already reaping huge benefits for local people and clubs.
“This project would not have been possible without intense involvement of the Football Foundation, the local authority, the local residents and most importantly the user groups and football clubs. It has been a great example of team work and clearly demonstrates what can be achieved if people pull in the same direction.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the local community will have access to these fantastic new facilities and commend the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the Staffordshire FA for their hard work in making this happen.
“This is the latest example of thousands of projects across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and government.”
For more information contact:
- South Moorlands Leisure Centre on 01538 753331