Date published: 14/01/2016
Steve Double, MP for St. Austell and Newquay, officially opened St Dennis AFC’s new £191,908 changing rooms recently (Sunday 10 January 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant has enabled the club to replace the existing changing rooms that were in much need of renovation. The club has grown significantly over the last three years with four senior sides playing football and an ever-growing youth set-up that now boasts over 110 children playing between the ages of five and 14.
The new pavilion comprises two dual gender changing rooms, two official's rooms, storage facilities and a multi-functional space that can be used for a range of activities. This development supports the club’s growth plans and provides a safe and comfortable environment for players and officials to prepare for matches and training sessions.
St Dennis AFC are now moving closer towards meeting the correct criteria to allow their first team to progress to the next tier of senior football in the local area and to further develop their second and third teams.
Cornwall County FA have worked with the club to not only secure the £100,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, but have also created a five-year Football Development Plan, which predicts an increase in teams, driven by the introduction of female and youth soccer provision. It is hoped that disability football will also be developed in response to need from the local community and football clubs.
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 £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 133 grants worth £6.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £10.2m across the whole of Cornwall.
Steve Double, MP for St. Austell and Newquay, said: “It was a real pleasure to open the fantastic new changing facilities at Boscawen Park in St Dennis. The development will have a huge impact on St Dennis AFC, who can now prepare for matches and training sessions in a safe and comfortable place.
“Thanks must go to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, for their ongoing support and commitment to improving grassroots facilities, not just in St. Austell and Newquay, but up and down the country. They are making a real difference to clubs and communities, increasing participation in sport and developing sites so that they are fit for purpose.
“I would like to wish the club all the best for the coming years, and I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength as a result of this impressive development.”
Steve Best, Club Chairman of St Dennis AFC said: “I would like to thank Steve Double MP for his willingness to officially open the new changing rooms. I know he has a great interest in local grassroots sport.
“Without the funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, we would not be able to progress our four-phase development plan. This completes our second phase following on from the development of our floodlit Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in November 2014. I must say that the managers of the fund, the Football Foundation, have been very supportive and gave us staged payments within days of making the application. This has enabled us to develop the facility within four months of starting it without the inevitable cash-flow issues that can arise from such a development.
“I would also like to thank Nuco Training Ltd who were the third party contributors. Without their support, the development would never have got off the ground. We can now move on to phases three and four of our development plan and this is to complete the groundworks and to install floodlights, progressing St Dennis AFC to Step 6 on the National League System.”
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 St Dennis AFC to upgrade their changing rooms. 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.”
ENDS For more information contact:
- Steve Best (St Dennis AFC Chairman) on 07764 929 199 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or email@example.com