Date published: 05/12/2016
President, Chairman and Senior Committee Member of Broomfield FC, Alan Browning, Sean McGinley and Duncan Paterson, were joined by Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP for Saffron Walden, and Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman, Essex County Council, to open the new clubhouse.
Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council and Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP for Saffron Walden, officially opened Broomfield FC’s new clubhouse recently (Saturday 19 November 2016), thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The new grassroots facility is set to raise sports participation by 51%, with Broomfield FC having laid two full-size pitches alongside a brand new changing room pavilion that will accommodate both players and officials.
Through this project, Broomfield FC have worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and Essex FA to develop a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long term vision for how sport will be played at the new facility.
The FDP will see the club create their first womens team and host disability football sessions on-site. The new facility will be used a range of local grassroots clubs, including The Chelmsford Invitation League and The Central Baptist Church Team.
The project was made possible thanks to a £319,048 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards new or refurbished grassroots sports facilities. It is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, and 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 nearly £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 323grants worth over £19.75m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £48.5macross the whole of Essex. The project also received support through Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund, alongside the club's own fundraising efforts in the Broomfield region.
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.
Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP for Saffron Walden, said: “I really enjoyed helping open Broomfield FC’s new clubhouse alongside John today. We are both excited to see the progress that the club will now be able to make on the pitch, right across their many junior and adult sides.
“This new grassroots facility will constitute an important part of the local community’s sporting infrastructure and will help ensure our youngsters and adults can stay healthy through regular sports participation.
“I’d like to thank all those involved in the project – notably the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their vital financial support that enables projects such as this one in Broomfield to support and develop local grassroots sport.”
Sean McGinley, Chairman, Broomfield FC, said: “On behalf of everyone associated with Broomfield FC, I would like to thank all the different parties and individuals who have helped us with the development of our new clubhouse. We are very grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, without whom this would not have been possible, and we look forward to using the new facility to improve grassroots football in our area.”
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 Broomfield FC to build a mew clubhouse. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and a special thanks must go to Sir Alan Haselhurst MP and Cllr John Aldridge for helping open the new facility.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn, 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 Essex 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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