Date published: 12/05/2015
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, was joined by former Derby County star Kevin Hector to celebrate the completion of extensive refurbishment works at Long Eaton United FC’s Grange Park home recently (Sunday 10 May). The project was made possible thanks to a £51,302 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and £20,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The opening ceremony was held prior to an exhibition match between a Long Eaton United XI and East Midlands Legends XI, which included appearances from former players such as Kevin Hector, Julian Joachim. Mark Edworthy and Mark Draper.
The two grants from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and FSIF have enabled Long Eaton United FC to carry out refurbishment work, which comprised the construction of two self-contained changing rooms, the refurbishment of the existing community room to create an improved layout, erection a new security barrier at the site entrance, installation of new turnstiles and a new footpath to improve pedestrian access.
The improvements will enable the club to provide changing facilities for female and junior teams and hire out the clubhouse for private functions, raising vital funds in the process. Long Eaton United FC will also develop their Mini-Soccer provision by working closely with local primary schools. The Football Foundation worked with the club to produce a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision for how football will be delivered at the site with the emphasis placed on increasing and maximising participation, and the number of teams at the club is expected to increase to 28, an increase of 12.
The club worked in partnership with the Derbyshire FA to secure the £51,302 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
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 13,000 grants worth more than £520m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £736m – over £1.24bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 104 grants worth £8.4m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £16.6m across the whole of Derbyshire.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Football Foundation is using investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to improve the experience for regular players, as well as attracting new players to the game.
Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, commented: “I am so delighted to see the positive effect this development is having on Long Eaton United FC and the local community, and pleased to meet the club members who are so dedicated to ensuring continued success.
“The Football Foundation is responsible for managing and delivering the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. The refurbishment at Long Eaton United FC is yet another an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “Since 2000, the Premier League, through the FSIF, has provided substantial financial support to Long Eaton United FC via six separate grants totalling £160,417.
“The latest grant from the Premier League has enabled the club to make extensive improvements to changing facilities and the community room at Grange Park, allowing Long Eaton United FC to boost their provision for female and junior football at the site. I’d like to congratulate members of the club for their hard work in securing the funding and creating such a bright future for football, at all levels, in Long Eaton.”
In recent years, Long Eaton United FC have also received £100,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields legacy funds to restore the existing Astroturf and junior pitches as well as create a new 11-a-side grass pitch.
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play. The investment we have made through our Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields funds together with the investment through the Football Foundation will ensure the current and future players at Long Eaton United FC will have access to a first-class sports facility for many years to come.”
For more information contact:
- Rob Wild (Long Eaton United FC) on 07740 477 662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bradley Cleveland on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or email@example.com