Date published: 29/08/2014
Horncastle Town FC recently officially opened their new state-of-the-art £462,444 changing room pavilion, thanks to a £302,944 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides funds towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities, and a £50,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The new facility, a direct replacement for the previous building which was in a state of disrepair and unsuitable for the club’s aspirations, includes four changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms and a large clubroom with kitchen facilities. This means that Horncastle Town, who worked in partnership with East Lindsey District Council to secure the funding, will now be able to provide changing facilities for all its junior and senior teams.
Horncastle Town FC, who have used the site as their home for over 100 years, are looking to increase their number of teams from 11 to 17 over the next five years as a result of this development. The project will also enable the club to become a FA Charter Standard Community Club.
The pavilion will also be available for wider community use. The clubroom will be available for use to all members of the local community, and nearby Banovallum School will also use the new changing room facilities on a regular basis.
The club and East Lindsey District Council worked in partnership with the Lincolnshire FA to secure a £302,944 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £651m – over £1bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation funding partners’ investment has provided 116 grants worth £10.2m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £26.5 across the whole of Lincolnshire.
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.
Funded with £6m 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.
Colin Low, Chairman of Horncastle Town FC, said: “We still cannot quite believe we have been successful and are extremely grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their support in this fantastic development. This has been essential to the project and has enabled us to deliver a facility that will not only secure the future of the club and sporting opportunity for so many, but also provides a great asset for Horncastle and the wider community.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “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. This pavilion is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.
“Aided by the Lincolnshire FA, East Lindsey District Council and Horncastle Town FC deserve huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using funding provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active.”
For more information contact:
• Colin Low on 01507 522 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or email@example.com