Date published: 16/09/2016
Robert Webb, from Channel 4's Peep Show, and Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, officially cut the ribbon at Abbey Lane.
Robert Webb, star of Channel 4's Peep Show, and Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, officially opened Woodhall Spa United JFC’s new £363,951 changing pavilion in Lincolnshire recently (Saturday 10 September 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a £235,183 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. Sport England also contributed £70,090 to the works through its Inspired Facilities Fund.
The grant has enabled Woodhall Spa United JFC to build a brand new state-of-the-art changing pavilion, comprising: four team changing rooms; two officials' changing rooms; a clubroom; kitchen facilities; spectator toilets and storage equipment.
Through this project, the club has worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and Lincolnshire FA to implement a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long term vision for how sport will be played at the facility – projected to increase the club’s number of female teams by five and raise on-site participation by 53%. The FDP will also oversee the training of at least one coach to Disability Level 1 as part of a broader strategy that will focus on supporting players with disabilities.
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 more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 224 grants worth nearly £13mtowards grassroots sports projects worth over £40macross the whole of Lincolnshire.
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.
Robert Webb, who was born in the town and grew up locally, said: “I really enjoyed opening the new facility here at Woodhall Spa United JFC – it is great to see an area that holds particular importance to myself rewarded with a fantastic new facility that will serve as a real sporting asset to the local community.
“I know how much time and effort has gone into this development and I am delighted to see it turn out as such a success. I would like to thank all those at the club for their tremendous work, and also importantly, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their great support in ensuring that this grassroots sport project has become a reality.”
Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, said: “It was a great pleasure helping to open Woodhall Spa United JFC’s new changing room pavilion today alongside Robert and club representatives.
“This club is an integral part of the local community and like many other grassroots football facilities up and down the country, it plays a key role in boosting the numbers of people playing sport and in turn improving their physical health. I offer my congratulations to the volunteers at the club who, along with The FA have made this possible.”
Mark Webb, Project Manager of Woodhall Spa United JFC, said: “It has been three years of hard work for the club but the outcome, having a modern and safe sports building for our 14 football teams, 180 children and young adults to use, is fantastic.
“I would like to thank all the funders, including the local businesses, parishioners and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their support. It gives the club a solid platform, we can continue to invest in our local children, the future of our village.”
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 Woodhall Spa United JFC to upgrade to a refurbished changing pavilion. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area. A special thanks must go to Victoria Atkins MP and Robert Webb 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 Woodhall Spa 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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