Date published: 15/05/2012
Grassroots sport in New Ferry received a significant boost last week following the opening of the refurbished sport pavilion in New Ferry Park, jointly funded by Biffa Award and the Football Foundation.
The refurbished facility, now containing separate changing rooms for both home and away teams with their own shower area and toilets, will allow the football pitch in New Ferry Park to host major junior football league tournaments which previously had to be played elsewhere because the pavilion in New Ferry lacked showers and facilities expected by the local Football Association. Security measures have also been installed to deter vandalism, including roller shutters to the doors, whilst a new security system will alert keyholders by mobile phone message if anyone breaks into the building.
Leased by Wirral Borough Council to local football teams including New Ferry Wirral Hotel, New Ferry Rangers Open age, New Ferry Vets, New Ferry Rangers U14s, 11s, 10s, 9s, 7s and Under 10 girls, the refurbished pavilion will be maintained by the clubs. An additional set of keys will also be kept at the nearby Village Hall so that the building can be used by the community for activities other than football.
The pavilion was re-opened on Friday 11th May by rising Tranmere Football Club player Max Power, who was invited to cut the ribbon at the ceremony. New Ferry Rangers team coach Simon Crabtree invited Max to attend as a “young” inspiration to the predominantly younger players in the local New Ferry based teams.
Local MP Alison McGovern said: “Sport is often a catalyst for bringing a community together. It has a vital role to play in helping young people develop into well rounded adults with a positive outlook on life. Therefore I cannot think of a better use for money raised from landfill tax, which itself helps the environment through encouraging recycling, and I congratulate both Biffa Award and the Football Foundation for the support given to this project.
“I have been working with New Ferry Regeneration Action Group for some time on projects aimed at benefiting New Ferry and am pleased that the work of everyone involved has resulted in the refurbishment of this important sporting facility.”
Biffa Award’s £45,000 grant comes from taxes paid by firms bringing rubbish to landfill sites in the region.
The club worked in partnership with the Cheshire County FA to secure a £15,000 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.
For more information about the work the Football Foundation visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.