Date published: 22/03/2016
Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne, was at Kenyngton Manor Recreation Ground recently (Sunday 20 March 2016), to attend the official opening of a new £99,960 sports pavilion. The project was made possible thanks to a £79,960 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The grant has enabled Spelthorne Borough Council to upgrade the sports pavilion at Kenyngton Manor, which now includes two team changing rooms, an officials’ changing room with a kitchen and storage space.
Local grassroots club, Colne Valley Girls and Ladies, will be the main users of the facility. The improvements mean that the club, who are the largest girls and ladies club in the county, can now use the site as their permanent home ground.
The Football Foundation worked in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council and Middlesex County FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how football will be played on site as a result of the funding. The plan predicts a growth in four teams, as Colne Valley Girls go from seven to 11 teams, which includes the creation of a new Under-16 side.
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 14,000 grants worth more than £546m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £773m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 214 grants worth £21m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £92m across the whole of Middlesex.
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.
Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne, said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening of the upgraded pavilion at Kenyngton Manor Recreation Ground. The improvements will have a big impact on local grassroots sport, and we welcome Colne Valley Girls and Ladies Club to the borough.The Football Foundation is committed to improving grassroots facilities across the country, thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA, and the Government through Sport England. It is vital that young people in Spelthorne have the opportunity to participate in sport, and I am in no doubt that this project will inspire many to get involved.”
Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Maureen Attewell, said, “I’m delighted to have witnessed the official opening of the refurbished pavilion by the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Mark Francis. It gave me great pleasure to see the vast improvements which have been made to the facility and to meet some of the club members who will be benefitting from the improved facilities. On behalf of Spelthorne Borough Council I would like to thank the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund for providing the funding to enable this project to take place and I wish Colne Valley Girls and Ladies FC a long happy future in their new home.”
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 Spelthorne Borough Council to upgrade the pavilion at Kenyngton Manor Recreation Ground. 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 Spelthorne 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 if it and to stay healthy.”
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