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128 grassroots sports facilities set to benefit from £28.3m Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund investment

128 grassroots sports facilities set to benefit from £28.3m Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund investment

Date published: 01/09/2016
128 grassroots sports facilities set to benefit from £28.3m Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund investment

Between January and June 2016, the Football Foundation awarded grants worth £28.3m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards 128 grassroots sport facility projects across the country.

The Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Funding Partners: the Premier League, The FA and the Government / Sport England. Grants awarded from the Fund by the Foundation primarily go towards the development of new or refurbished floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs), changing room pavilions and natural grass pitches in the areas of the country that need them most.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund also provides smaller grants for smaller scale but equally vital improvements, such as replacing unsafe goalposts and purchasing pitch maintenance equipment. (A full detailed list of grants awarded in this period is in the Notes to Editors section.)

By using this grant money to leverage a further £25.1m of partnership funding, the Foundation has maximised this investment further, meaning that the total amount invested into community sport is £53.4m.

The Foundation also ensures that the facilities it funds continue to deliver expected outcomes throughout their usable life through its highly effective monitoring and evaluations systems. These systems identify when outcome performance falls below that which is expected so that intervention action can be taken to get the facility back on track. Last season, grassroots football facilities that the Foundation invested in saw a 7% increase in football participation and an 8% increase in multi-sport participation (i.e. rugby, cricket, netball, etc.).

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, said: “Good quality facilities are vital to help encourage people to get involved in sport and this investment from the Premier League, The FA and government is boosting grassroots football across the country.

“Facilities such as 3G artificial grass pitches mean communities can use them all-year-round and help us develop the next generation of talent. The work of the Football Foundation shows what can be achieved when government and football work together in partnership.”

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, said: “Premier League clubs are committed to supporting all levels of English football and investing in community sports facilities is a key part of that.

“The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, run by the Football Foundation, is doing an excellent job building pitches across the country which are in the heart of local communities.

“The facilities are essential to the work Premier League clubs are doing to encourage young people to play sport and will be used by primary schools for PE lessons, local amateur clubs for entire league programmes, and by professional clubs to deliver projects including Premier League Kicks and the Premier League Girls Football Programme.”

Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of The FA, said: “We are delighted with the impact of our latest slice of funding through the Football Foundation. Our commitment to improve grassroots football across the country continues at a pace. Next month will see the opening of the first two multi-pitch football hubs in Sheffield, which when replicated across the country will lead to a fundamental shift in the quality of grassroots facilities across England.”

Charles Johnston, Director of Property at Sport England, said: “Improvements like new floodlights or an all-weather pitch, can play a huge part in a club’s ability to maintain and grow its membership. Thanks to this significant investment, more people across the country will have access to better facilities. Once upgraded, the 128 projects have a fantastic opportunity to reach out to people who might not think that sport is for them and I would urge the clubs to do all they can to help get more people active.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Foundation continues to work with our Funding Partners to deliver quality grassroots football facilities up and down the country, which are providing local people with the opportunity to enjoy playing on quality surfaces, which can only help them to enjoy the experience more and enable them to develop their skills so that they can be as good as they can be, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

“These new 3G pitches and changing rooms are built in the areas of the country where our delivery systems tell us they will benefit the greatest number of people, thus maximizing their impact.                   

“None of this would be possible without the continued investment from our Funding Partners over the past 16 years, which has resulted in more than £1.3 billion going towards new facilities across the country. Much of this has gone to supporting some of the most deprived communities where the need is the greatest. I very much look forward to seeing how this latest tranche of investment supports local sportsmen and women and adds to their enjoyment of playing grassroots sport.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

About the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth nearly £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game. This has gone towards developing the below projects, and more besides:

  •                   2,457 facility projects with grants worth £460,506,210 (total project cost: £1,067,151,562)
  •                   618 artificial grass pitches
  •                   2,825 grass pitches
  •                   963 changing facilities
  •                   94 multi-use games areas (MUGAs)

 

Organisation   Project   Region   Grant value   Project
value
                 
Edmonton Cricket Club LPS   Replacement goals / Ground maintenance equipment   Amateur Football Alliance   £10,000   £21,480
                 
Cedars Upper School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Bedfordshire   £1,075.00   £3,123.00
                 
Binfield FC    New changing pavilion and refurbishment of existing clubhouse   Berks/Bucks   £240,157   £409,227
                 
Chesham Grammar School   Portable floodlights   Berks/Bucks   £2,945.00   £5,890.00
                 
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council   Conversion of existing sand AGP to new floodlit 106m x 70m 3G AGP   Birmingham   £553,927   £653,927
                 
Hillcrest School and Community College    New 106m x 70m fenced and floodlit 3G AGP   Birmingham   £766,847   £926,847
                 
The Pioneer Group and Castle Vale Community Housing Association   106m x 70m floodlit stadia 3G AGP   Birmingham   £697,100   £847,100
                 
St Margarets Junior School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Birmingham   £425.00   £850.00
                 
Leek Wootton FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Birmingham   £750.00   £1,566.00
                 
Redditch United FC   Refurbishment of Changing Pavilion / Conversion of existing Stadia pitch to a New Floodlit 3G AGP   Birmingham   £561,650   £884,816
                 
Dudley College   New Changing Pavilion/ New Floodlit 3G AGP (11v11)   Birmingham   £833,030   £1,233,030
                 
Central Ajax FC   Portable Floodlights    Birmingham   £2,292   £4,583
                 
Cambourne Parish Council   106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   Cambs   £79,770   £629,843
                 
Linton Village College   Refurbishment of Existing AGP   Cambs   £99,960   £223,460
                 
Stalybridge Celtic Junior FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Cheshire   £8,820.00   £17,640.00
                 
Witton Albion Juniors FC   Storage containers   Cheshire   £1,090   £2,180
                 
Blacon High School Trust and Chesire West and Chester Council   Refurbishment of existing floodlit AGP to create new 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   Chesire   £496,564   £566,564
                 
Vauxhall Motors Sports and Social Club   106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP and refurbishment of existing 100m x 64m floodlit AGP   Chesire   £516,305   £996,305
                 
Mawnan FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts    Cornwall   £594.00   £1,189.00
                 
Gerrans & St Mawes Utd FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Cornwall   £750.00   £1,776.00
                 
Falmouth School   New 106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP and car parking   Cornwall   £362,574   £717,299
                 
Callington Town FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Cornwall   £2,000   £4,163
                 
Whitehaven AFC Limited   Refurbishment of existing 3G AGP to create a new 106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP   Cumberland   £468,954   £536,641
                 
Cleator Moor Celtic FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Cumberland   £10,000.00   £31,449.00
                 
Tintwistle Athletic FC   Changing room pavilion with two changing rooms & ancillary accommodation    Derbyshire   £281,786   £421,786
                 
Codnor Boys FC   Maintenance Items   Derbyshire   £21,996   £27,496
                 
Clay Cross Town FC   Pitch maintenance equipment   Derbyshire   £2,500   £11,924
                 
Exeter College   New floodlit 106m x 70m 3G AGP   Devon   £287,739   £624,047
                 
YMCA Plymouth and Plymouth Council   Refurbishment of existing AGP and new changing pavilion   Devon   £900,000   £2,242,357
                 
Manstow Youth FC   Storage containers   Devon   £1,053   £2,106
                 
Dorset County FA   New 106m x 70m floodlit stadium 3G AGP   Dorset   £467,271   £642,271
                 
Emmanuel Middle School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Dorset   £457   £915
                 
Ferryhill Business & Enterprise College   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Durham   £1,233   £2,466
                 
Hedworth Lane Primary School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Durham   £225   £450
                 
University of Hull   Eight changing room pavilion, 130m x 80m floodlit 3G AGP and refurbishment of existing AGPs   East Riding   £500,000   £3,232,785
                 
East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Club for Young People   106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP and internal alterations to existing changing room    East Riding   £416,913   £726,913
                 
Wickford Town FC   Extension to changing pavilion   Essex   £397,764   £517,764
                 
Shalford Village Hall Management Committ   Grounds maintenance equipment   Essex   £4,200.00   £8,400.00
                 
Galleywood FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Essex   £566.00   £1,132.00
                 
Giffards Primary School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Essex   £300.00   £600.00
                 
Pro Path YFC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts    Essex   £812.00   £1,624.00
                 
Broomfield Football Club   New changing pavilion   Essex   £319,048   £531,048
                 
City Academy Bristol   Refurbishment of existing floodlit AGP to Form 110mx68m floodlit 3G AGP   Glos   £330,299   £380,299
                 
Redbrook Rovers FC   Fencing   Glos   £4,494   £8,994
                 
Havant Borough Council   106m x 70m Floodlit AGP reconfigured & extended changing pavilion, widened access road & extended car parking   Hampshire   £831,807   £1,446,807
                 
Rew Valley Youth FC   Pitch improvement works   Hampshire   £3,742.00   £6,119.00
                 
Everett Rovers FC   New changing pavilion   Hertfordshire   £294,580   £508,580
                 
The Hemel Hempstead School & Hertfordshire County Council   106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   Hertfordshire   £461,877   £636,877
                 
Wheathampstead Parish Council        Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Hertfordshire   £648.00   £1,296.00
                 
Marown FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Isle of Man   £10,000.00   £26,300.00
                 
Winstanley Warriors FC   61m x 43m Floodlit 3G AGP and works to changing pavilion   Lancashire   £418,714   £431,364
                 
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust with Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic Ltd   New 88m x 56m floodlit 3G AGP & Changing room refurbishment   Lancashire   £550,925   £639,230
                 
Our Lady & St John Catholic College (OLSJ)    106m x 70m floodlit AGP   Lancashire   £590,890   £657,890
                 
Cadley FC   Grounds maintenance equipment and storage container   Lancashire   £6,853.00   £13,710.00
                 
Turton Football Club   Grounds maintenance equipment   Lancashire   £7,200.00   £14,400.00
                 
Bolton Council   New 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   Lancashire   £143,302   £563,302
                 
Manchester City Council and the Trustees of Wythenshawe Amateurs FC   New changing pavilion and works to natural grass pitches   Lancashire   £382,317   £668,641
                 
Earlestown Athletic JFC   Works to natural grass pitches   Lancashire   £99,999   £229,302
                 
Chetwynde School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Lancashire   £1,258   £2,996
                 
Barrow and District JFL   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Lancashire   £2,818   £5,637
                 
Bottlesford FC   Four team changing room pavilion   Leicester   £416,901   £564,348
                 
St Cuthbert's Catholic Community College for Business and Enterprise   88m x 56m Floodlit 3G AGP   Liverpool   £416,329   £516,329
                 
Tiber Community Building   106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP and refurbishment of existing modular unit to create new changing pavilion   Liverpool   £660,989   £909,923
                 
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council at Kirby Leisure Centre   New 106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP   Liverpool   £499,999   £630,736
                 
Ormiston Academies Trust   Refurbishment of existing 108m x 63m sand-based AGP to create a new 106m
x 70m 3G AGP
  Liverpool   £355,890   £480,890
                 
Southport & Birkdale Rangers FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Liverpool   £725   £1,450
                 
FC Elmstead (1958)   New Changing Pavilion with two changing rooms & ancillary accommodation   London   £258,865   £363,864
                 
Oasis Children’s and Youth Venture   Refurbishment of existing floodlit AGP to create 24m x 17m floodlit 3G AGP   London   £63,338   £75,338
                 
Southwark Council   New floodlit 37m x 27m 3G AGP   London   £42,068   £67,068
                 
London Borough Of Lambeth   New 79m x 52m floodlit 3G AGP    London   £228,930   £378,930
                 
Danson Sports FC   Refurbishment of existing floodlit 102m x 66m  AGP to form floodlit 106m x 70m 3G AGP   London   £459,486   £514,486
                 
St Pauls Academy   New 106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP   London   £422,093   £549,593
                 
West Ham United Foundation and West Ham United FC Limited   Refurbishment of existing 104m x 73m floodlit 3G AGP to form 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   London   £436,397   £484,397
                 
Wythenshawe Town FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts    Manchester   £750.00   £3,399.00
                 
Flixton Girls School   Refurbishment of existing 86m x 54m AGP to form a new 3G AGP   Manchester   £99,609   £174,609
                 
Failsworth School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Manchester   £1,704   £3,408
                 
Dean Trust Ardwick    New changing pavilion   Manchester    £676,098   £726,098
                 
Bedfont Sports Club FC   Conversions of existing stadia pitch to a new floodlit 106x 70m 3G AGP   Middlesex   £280,768   £533,268
                 
London Borough of Enfield    106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP   Middlesex   £529,257   £679,257
                 
Sandgate Youth FC and London Borough of Hillingdon   Tractors and maintenance items   Middlesex   £27,682   £32,682
                 
Whetstone Wanderers YFC & Woodside Park Ltd   Pitch maintenance equipment   Middlesex   £18,450   £25,950
                 
Eagles United FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Middlesex   £830.00   £1,660.00
                 
Northgate School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts    Middlesex   £192.00   £384.00
                 
London Borough of Ealing and London Borough of Hounslow   Two new 3G AGPS, new changing avilion and works to natural grass pitches   Middlesex   £902,000   £8,738,000
                 
South Norfolk Council   79m x 52m Floodlit 3G AGP   Norfolk   £216,596   £478,743
                 
Flegg High School   New changing pavilion / new floodlit 3G AGP (11v11 100m x 64m)   Norfolk   £405,446   £697,446
Norton Athletic FC   New changing pavilion    Norfolk   £16,424   £100,924
                 
Sheringham And District Sports Associati   Changing pavilion /clubhouse 
refurbishment and external works
  Norfolk   £9,942   £28,692
                 
Redcar Athletic FC   Grounds maintenance  equipment    North Riding   £10,000.00   £35,487.00
                 
Wigginton Grasshoppers FC   Changing pavilion / clubhouse refurbishment and external 
works
  North Riding   £1,770   £3,540
                 
St Johns Primary School and WEST trust   Changing pavilion with two changing rooms & ancillary accommodation   N'berland   £243,766   £338,296
                 
Rothbury Recreation Club   Replacement of unsafe goalposts and Fencing   N'berland   £549   £1,098
                 
Basford United FC   New 106m x 70m floodlit 3G AGP   Notts   £499,310   £589,310
                 
Ashfield District Council   Tractors and / or maintenance items   Notts   £16,536   £38,536
                 
The University Of Nottingham   Tractors and / or maintenance items   Notts   £10,000   £22,343
                 
The Oxford Academy   106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP   Oxfordshire   £587,201   £637,201
                 
Greasbrough Youth FC   Works to natural grass pitches   Sheff/ Hallam   £36,987   £108,787
                 
Denaby & Cadeby Miners' Welfare Institute   New changing pavilion   Sheff/ Hallam   £146,956   £161,956
                 
Hepworth United FC   New changing pavilion with two changing rooms and ancillary accommodation   Sheff/ Hallam   £340,019   £527,148
                 
Thrybergh Academy & Sports College   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Sheff/ Hallam   £845   £1,691
                 
Shrewsbury Town FC   Tractors and /or maintenance items   Shropshire   £67,335   £67,835
                 
Weston-Super-Mare AFC Ltd   New floodlit 106m x 70m 3G AGP   Somerset   £655,575   £855,575
                 
Larkhall Athletic FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Somerset   £7,559.00   £15,119.00
                 
Crewkerne Town Council   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Somerset   £365.00   £731.00
                 
Highridge United FC   New changing pavilion   Somerset   £479,412   £644,390
                 
Montacute Youth FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Somerset   £311   £623
                 
Berrow Junior Youth FC   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Somerset   £500   £1,457
                 
Walsall Council   Refurbishment of existing sand AGP to make 106m x 70m 3G AGP   Staffordshire   £250,000   £406,698
                 
Eastwood Hanley FC   Grounds maintenance equipment    Staffordshire   £10,000.00   £21,360.00
                 
Blurton Ladsandads   Blurton Ladsandads Perimeter Security Fencing (inc boundary and ball retention)   Staffordshire   £10,000.00   £21,471.00
                 
Brocton Youth FC   Refurbishment and external works to clubroom   Staffordshire   £10,000.00   £14,983.00
                 
Kidsgrove Athletic Youth FC   Grounds maintenance equipment   Staffordshire   £10,000.00   £20,100.00
                 
Walsall Council   Refurbishment of Existing 106 x 70m AGP   Staffordshire   £136,918   £406,698
                 
University Of Wolverhampton   New Floodlit 3G AGP (11v11 100m x 64m)    Staffordshire   £465,047   £739,447
                 
Stafford Borough Council, Stafford Town FC and Stafford Town Football Foundation   Conversion of stadia pitch to a new floodlit 3G AGP & maintenance items   Staffordshire   £536,944   £712,947
                 
Seighford FC   Pitch improvement works and ground maintenance equipments   Staffordshire   £2,357   £4,714
                 
Felixtowe & Walton United    New changing pavilion   Suffolk   £319,594   £537,716
                 
Walsham Le Willows FC   New toilet facilities   Suffolk   £4,192.00   £12,792.00
                 
Benjamin Britten High School   Replacement of unsafe goalposts   Suffolk   £1,250   £3,491
                 
Chipstead Youth FC   Changing pavilion / clubhouse refurbishment and external 
works
  Surrey   £9,838.00   £19,677.00
                 
Willows High School   Refurbishment of existing floodlit sand AGP to form a floodlit 85m x 58m 3G AGP   Wales   £355,963   £400,963
                 
Southfield Grange Trust   Conversion of existing sand floodlit AGP to create a 101m x 63m floodlit 3G AGP   West Riding   £329,424   £415,350
                 
West Riding FA   Conversion of existing Stadia pitch to a 
New 106m x 70m Floodlit 3G AGP
  West Riding   £481,338   £706,338
                 
St. John Fisher Catholic High School    New Floodlit 3G AGP   West Riding   £374,000   £598,603
                 
Dram Community FC   New pitch perimeter barrier   West Riding   £2,804.00   £5,609.00
University Of Bradford   Refurbishment of existing AGP to form 101m x 64m floodlit 3G AGP together with the extension and refurbishment of the existing changing pavilion    West Riding   £500,000   £1,726,264
                 
Horbury Town FC   Changing pavilion / clubhouse refurbishment   West Riding   £9,724   £19,524
                 
Alderbury FC Ltd   New changing pavilion & works to natural grass pitches   Wiltshire   £498,203   £802,243
                 
            Total grant value   Total project value
                 
            £28,333,515   £53,368,759

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“Good quality facilities are vital to help encourage people to get involved in sport and this investment from the Premier League, The FA and government is boosting grassroots football across the country.

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport

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