Date published: 01/08/2016
Dave Ralphs, Chairman, Shropshire FA (left) and Neil Williams, Chairman, Ellesmere Rangers FC (right) opened the new facility at Beech Grove Playing Fields.
Dave Ralphs, Chairman of the Shropshire FA, officially opened a state-of-the-art £230,000 changing pavilion in Ellesmere recently (Saturday 30 July 2016), thanks to a £142,500 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The project also received £46,700 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
The grant has enabled Ellesmere Rangers FC to build a brand new changing pavilion, comprising: two team changing rooms; two officials’ rooms; a club room; first aid room; kitchen facilities and spectator toilets.
The FA Charter Standard club that boasts pro-club links with Shrewsbury Town FC, worked in close partnership with the Football Foundation and Shropshire FA to develop a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long term vision for how participation will be played on-site. The FDP is expected to increase the club’s roster of teams by 14, while increasing on-site participation by 505%.
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 106 grants worth over £7m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £30m across the whole of Shropshire.
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.
Alan Davis, Director of Football at Ellesmere Rangers FC, said: “We were delighted that Dave Ralphs could open the new facilities and would like to thank him for doing so. The club is now setup for us to move forward and attract new members, players and supporters, helping the community with all different types of events.
“We would like to thank all of those who made this project possible, mainly the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for financially supporting this project. Without their support, we would not have our superb new facility.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new clubhouse pavilion will provide an excellent base for all those associated at Ellesmere Rangers FC, enabling them to expand their existing provision for the upcoming season.
“This project is a key example of the Premier League’s commitment to improving grassroots facilities through investing in stadia developments across the country – I wish the club all the best for the future.”
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 Ellesmere Rangers FC to upgrade their clubhouse and changing facilities. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area. Thanks to Dave Ralphs for opening the new facility.
“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 Ellesmere 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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