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Charlwood Parish Council unveil new £600,000 sports hub

Charlwood Parish Council unveil new £600,000 sports hub

Date published: 04/10/2016
Charlwood Parish Council unveil new £600,000 sports hub

Charlwood Parish Council officially unveiled their £600,000 sports hub recently (Sunday 2 October 2016), thanks to a £39,509 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. Cllr Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health, Surrey County Council and Alison Martin, Chair, the John Bristow and Thomas Mason Trust, formally opened proceedings. 

This grant has helped Charlwood Parish Council to build a new Sports and Community Centre to replace their previous changing facility with a new state-of-the-art pavilion, comprising: two team changing rooms; an officials’ changing room; clubroom; spectator toilets; kitchen facilities and storage space.

The site will act as a key hub for sports participation in the local community, being used by a number of football, cricket and stoolball teams, including Charlwood Village FC and Charlwood FC. The facility will host multi-sport participants across a range of junior and adult groups, with yoga and pilates sessions also delivered on-site.    

Charlwood Parish Council worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and Surrey FA to establish a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long-term vision for how sport will be played at the new facility – projected to increase on-site participation by 58%. The FDP will oversee the delivery of coach education courses, including The FA Level One Coaching Programme.  

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 251grants worth £13m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £26m across the whole of Surrey.

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.

Martin Needham, Chairman of Charlwood Parish Council, said: “This new Sports and Community Centre will be a catalyst for the development of sports within our community. I would like to thank both Helyn Clack of Surrey County Council and Alison Martin of the John Bristow Thomas Alexander Mason Trust whose backing for the project over the last five years has been a source of inspiration.

“I would also like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, without whose support in funding for this important project meant we could not have been so successful in enabling our football clubs to develop their game to the next level.”

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 Charlwood Parish Council to build a new Sports and Community Centre. 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 Charlwood, Surrey 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.”

 ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Martin Needham at mjneedham@btinternet.com or on 01293 862 286 
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292


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“This new Sports and Community Centre will be a catalyst for the development of sports within our community.

Martin Needham, Chairman of Charlwood Parish Council

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