Date published: 11/10/2016
Muzzy Izzet, former Leicester City FC midfielder, officially unveiled Market Bosworth Sports Club's new changing room pavilion.
Former Leicester City FC midfielder Muzzy Izzet, officially unveiled Market Bosworth Sports Club’s new state-of-the-art £465,277 changing room pavilion recently (Friday 7 October 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a £370,582 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The grant has enabled the club to build a brand new changing room pavilion that will be used by four local grassroots associations: Market Bosworth Sports Club, Market Bosworth FC, Market Bosworth Cricket Club and the 1845 Triathlon Club. The new facility comprises: four team changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a clubroom; office space; spectator toilets and storage space. The site also contains five football pitches that host a wide range of football formats, including: mini-soccer, 9v9 and full-size 11v11.
Through this project, the club have worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and Leicestershire FA to develop a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a vision for football delivery at the facility – through which participation is projected to rise by 225%! The FDP will oversee the continued expansion of the club, that currently has 11 teams under its roster, to include the introduction of additional girls’, womens’ and disability sides. Local schools will also use the facility to deliver multi-sport sessions.
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.
This funding in Market Bosworth builds upon great grassroots investment in the East Midlands area, with Dion Dublin and Matt Elliott recently unveiling Wreake Valley Academy’s new £567,000 third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 232 grants worth £16.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £36m across the whole of Leicestershire. As part of this investment, 17 3G AGPs, 31 changing room pavilions and 50 natural grass pitches have been delivered.
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.
The opening of Market Bosworth’s new changing rooms builds upon Muzzy Izzet’s local commitment to the Leicestershire region, where he works as Director for the Advanced Football Development Academy – specialising in the education of 16-18 year-old aspiring footballers – alongside former Foxes team-mate, Steve Walsh.
Muzzy, who amassed over 250 appearances for the reigning Premier League champions, said: “It was great fun being at Market Bosworth today to help open the new changing rooms here. The facilities look absolutely first-class and I’m glad to see the local grassroots game being boosted once again. It’s vital that our youngsters are given the best opportunity to fulfil their potential, and most importantly, enjoy their football.
“Market Bosworth Sports Club have done a fantastic job in working with the Football Foundation to secure funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. It really does make such a big difference helping progress players right from the lowest levels through to the professional ranks. I’d like to thank all at Market Bosworth Sports Cub for their hard work and importantly, the Premier League, The FA and DCMS, through Sport England, who have provided the generous financial support here.”
John Denore, Market Bosworth FC said: “We are delighted to have Muzzy here to officially open our new facility. This has been the culmination of a lot of hard work by a fantastic team of volunteers from the local community. With the help of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and other funders, we have been able to regenerate the sporting provision in our community.
“By replacing our old dilapidated facilities with a brand new enlarged clubhouse we will be able to attract more sports teams at all ages to the club and grow grassroots sport considerably. The new facilities will also accommodate other community groups and events to benefit the whole community of Market Bosworth and surrounding villages.”
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 Market Bosworth Sports Club to upgrade its existing changing facilities. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and a special thanks must go to Muzzy for opening these new changing rooms.
“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 project in Market Bosworth 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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- John Denore at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07919 925 796
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