Date published: 24/08/2016
Paul Williams, Chairman of AC Hoylake, cuts the ribbon alongside the club's youth players and local football representatives to officially open the new facility at Acres Road.
AC Hoylake unveiled their state-of-the-art £154,429 changing room pavilion and football pitch upgrade in Cheshire recently (Tuesday 23 August 2016), thanks to a £94,429 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The grant has enabled AC Hoylake to extend their existing changing pavilion to include: two players’ changing rooms; an officials’ changing room; spectator toilets and storage equipment. A new drainage system has also been installed to address previous issues of water-logging.
Through this project, the club worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and Cheshire FA to implement a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long-term vision for how sport will be played on-site. The FDP is projected to increase the club’s number of teams from 20 to 38 and raise on-site participation by 92%.
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 14,000 grants worth more than £560m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £780m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 303grants worth over £15m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £30m across the whole of Cheshire.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Paul Williams, Chairman of AC Hoylake, said: “I would like to thank everybody who attended our official opening – the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Sport England and Wirral Borough Council, without whose support this project would not have been possible.
“Also to PSD Agronomists and Souters Sports Ltd who have done a brilliant job. It is fantastic that we will be able to use the pitches again – we will have fewer games cancelled and this in turn will improve grassroots sport in the local area.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled AC Hoylake to upgrade their pitches and changing pavilion. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Wirral is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.”
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