Date published: 08/09/2016
Cllr Geoff Denaro, Leader of Bromsgrove District Council joins Bill Edge, Chairman; Andy Howard, Vice Chairman and Paul Challinor, Club Secretary of Santiago Colts FC, opened the new changing room pavilion at Barnsley Hall Playing Fields.
Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) officially opened their new state-of-the-art £310,000 changing room pavilion recently (Saturday 3 September 2016), thanks to a £48,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. Cllr Peter Whittaker, Portfolio Holder for Leisure Services at BDC, was in attendance to open the new facility.
The grant has enabled BDC to build a brand new changing room pavilion to be used by local partner club, Santiago Colts FC as its home site. The new facility comprises: two team changing rooms; two officials’ rooms; spectator toilets; kitchen facilities and plant storage. A new car park has also been built at the Barnsley Hall site.
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 121grants worth over £7m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £16m across the whole of Worcestershire.
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.
Cllr Peter Whittaker said: “I welcome the opportunity for this Council to support sports at the grassroots level and I am delighted with the improvements at the site which the officers have worked hard to complete with support funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. I hope the new grounds are a score with the Colts too!”
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 Bromsgrove District Council to upgrade build a brand new changing room 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 Bromsgrove 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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