Date published: 29/04/2013
The President of the Football Foundation, Lord Pendry, provided Blackpool’s grassroots sport with a boost when he officially opened Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club’s newly refurbished pavilion.
The newly extended and refurbished clubhouse, funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, will allow Blackpool Rangers JFC to provide fantastic new facilities for over 200 children. The new extended sports pavilion comprises of: a function room, changing facilities, increased parking and a fence for the safety of the children.
Blackpool FC defender, Ian Evatt, and local MP, Paul Maynard, also attended the opening at the Lancashire club alongside Lord Pendry.
The club worked in partnership with the Lancashire FA to secure a £99,600 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Across Lancashire, the Football Foundation has awarded 187 grants worth £16.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth a total of nearly £40m with money provided by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England).
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here to officially open Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club’s refurbished facilities. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project for their hard work and for ensuring its completion.
“The Football Foundation continues and is committed to supporting projects like this across the country with the funds generously provided by our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England.”
Stephen Simms, Chairman, said: “We are delighted and very proud that we now have such fantastic, much needed facilities available at the club. It’s been a huge amount of hard work and effort from all concerned. Special thanks should go to the tradesmen who have worked passionately throughout to complete the work to a fantastic standard.
“I cannot stress enough how unreservedly grateful we are to the Football Foundation and the Lancashire FA, without their support none of this would have been possible.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Lancashire FA, Blackpool Rangers JFC has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.
“This project in Blackpool is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”
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