Date published: 06/11/2013
Chairman of Plymouth Argyle FC, James Brent, has officially opened a stunning new community sports and recreation pavilion at Modbury Queen Elizabeth II Recreation and Sports Ground on behalf of the Modbury Association of Recreation and Sport (MARS). The project was made possible by a £91,800 grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The previous building was in a dilapidated state and completely beyond repair. This tarnished the sporting experience for participants and significantly hampered the potential for the main users of the site, including Modbury Rovers Junior FC, to develop or attract new players.
Thanks to the funding from the Football Foundation and other contributors, this has now been replaced with a new state-of-the-art sports pavilion compromising of: two dual – gender changing rooms, two match officials changing rooms, a community function room, a kitchen, assisted WC’s and storage/plant space.
The new pavilion will provide a home that the six football teams based at the site, including Modbury Rovers Junior FC, can be proud of. In addition to its primary use as a changing facility, the pavilion will be available for use by all of MARS’ member organisations and the local community for committee meetings, indoor team discussions, coaches’ meetings and training.
Furthermore, it is not just football in the area that will benefit: the pavilion will also be used by other grassroots sports including tennis, cricket and cycling.
The club worked in partnership with the Devon FA to secure a £91,800 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 9,500 grants worth more than £410m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £560m. Across the whole of Devon, the Foundation has awarded 75 grants worth almost £8m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £14m.
Additional funding came from; Sport England, South Hams District Council, Community Council of Devon, South Devon Coastal Local Action Group, Modbury Parish Council, and MARS.
Roy Sims, Press Officer at MARS, said: “We have experienced a considerable increase in the participation in football by the youngsters, and having a modern pavilion will make an even more positive difference.
“We were thrilled to welcome the chairman of our local league team to perform the official opening, and pleased to have the opportunity to thank our funders, including the Football Foundation, who have made this project possible.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “This is an outstanding new pavilion, which will benefit football and other sports in and around Modbury. Developing new grassroots facilities, such as this, is essential to increasing the number of people who have a chance to stay fit and healthy through participating in sport.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated to improving sports sites across the country with investment from our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England). I congratulate MARS and the Devon FA for their hard work on this project.”
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