Date published: 07/12/2012
Grassroots sport in Lincolnshire received a significant boost today following the news that the partnership between Winterton Town Council, Newport Drive Playing Field Association (NDPFA) and Dale Park Youth Football Club have received a grant of £312,736from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow NDPFA and Dale Park Youth FC to develop first class changing facilities and a clubroom. These will be used for social events and theory sessions as part of Scunthorpe United’s Football in the Community course, as well as a range of courses run by the Lincolnshire FA.
The new sports pavilion will comprise of: four changing rooms, showers, referees’ changing facilities, a clubroom and kitchen as well as storage space. One unusual aspect of the project will see the use of geothermal ground source heating. This form of energy will reduce the reliance on conventional forms of heating and hot water and reduce the carbon footprint of the facility.
The facilities will be used by the twelve teams at Dale Park Youth FC as well as other local adult football teams. It is hoped that other sports clubs will use the clubhouse as their base. The building will also be used by community groups such as the Guides and Brownies and the Winterton Lions Club.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Councillor Don Johnson, Chairman of the Partnership, said: “This is fantastic news. We have been working on raising funds for this project for the past three years and now we have finally achieved our goal. Not only will this ensure the current teams using the field have a state-of-the-art base, but it will be a significant boost not only to local football but to the development of other sports within our town.
“Without the enormous help, support and guidance of the Lincolnshire County FA and the Football Foundation we would never have had such a wonderful project come to fruition in Winterton. Everyone in the community is looking forward to next summer when our dreams will become a reality.”
Rob King, County Development Manager at the Lincolnshire FA, said: “The project has been a long term priority for the Lincolnshire FA and we are delighted that funding has now been secured to develop the site.
“Dale Park Youth FC now have a fantastic facility to grow their club from. All partners have worked tremendously hard to pull the project together and they should be delighted with their efforts.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“The Winterton Partnership, particularly Dale Park FC has been extremely energetic and has worked tirelessly in partnership with the Lincolnshire FA to secure this funding, and I am thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with this substantial Football Foundation grant.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this one in Winterton and right across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, The FA, the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”
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