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Rachael Maskell MP opens Panthers' plush pavilion in boost to grasroots provision

Rachael Maskell MP opens Panthers’ plush pavilion in boost to grasroots provision

Date published: 08/03/2017
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Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, officially unveiled Hamilton Panthers' new changing room pavilion in Knavesmire Road, York, recently (Sunday 5 March 2017).

The new facility was developed in partnership with City of York Council and made possible thanks to grants from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The project is expected to create eight new teams for the ‘Panthers’ and has enabled the club to replace their old, dilapidated changing facility – which was built in 1943 – with a new state-of-the-art pavilion, comprising: four team changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a clubroom; kitchen facilities; spectator toilets and storage equipment.

In addition to the North Riding club’s 15 adult and junior sides – which accommodate over 200 affiliated players – the new facility will also be used by a number of local partner organisations, including: York FA; City of York Athletics Club; York Schools Cross Country and additional running groups.

As part of the project planning, Hamilton Panthers FC worked alongside the North Riding FA and Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long-term vision for how sport will be played on-site – which is projected to increase participation by 78% and help create girls’ teams for Under-12s, Under-14s and Under-16s.  

Founded in 1988, the Panthers’ first-team currently compete in Division Two of the York Minster Engineering Football League, and their junior sides in the York Minor League and the Ryedale & Mitchell Sports Football League. 

The project was made possible thanks to grants of £322,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, £100,000 from Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund and £50,000 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.  

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. It 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 15,000 grants worth £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 243 grants worth £9.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth £19m across the whole of North Riding. This includes previous investment into the Knavesmire site in 2013, when City of York Council were awarded £23,583 from the Football Foundation to upgrade the Panthers’ natural grass pitches

Phil Sanderson, Founder Member & Secretary of Hamilton Panthers FC, said: “I would like to thank the Football Foundation, Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, City of York Council and Sport England in supporting this project and replacing the old dilapidated changing rooms with a modern new building for the members of Hamilton Panthers and the local community.

“This new facility will improve grassroots sport in this location and instead of our membership falling, due to poor facilities, we will see a growth in the game along with other local sporting users.”

Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities fund is a helping hand to thousands of community sports projects across the country. No club is immune to wear and tear, and this fund recognises the tremendous work they do in helping local people keep active. I am delighted that thanks to the National Lottery we have been able to help Hamilton Panthers deliver these improvements.”

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 Hamilton Panthers FC to build a new changing room pavilion. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and a special thanks must go to Rachael Maskell MP for officially unveiling the new facility.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn, 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 project in York 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 of it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Phil Sanderson at phillip.sanderson4@ntlworld.com or on 07894 470 200
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

Rachael Maskell MP opens Panthers’ plush pavilion in boost to grasroots provision
Rachael Maskell MP unveiling the Panthers' new state-of-the-art pavilion alongside club Chairman Phil Sanderson and North Riding FA Chairman Len Scott.
Rachael Maskell MP opens Panthers’ plush pavilion in boost to grasroots provision

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“This new facility will improve grassroots sport in this location and instead of our membership falling, due to poor facilities, we will see a growth in the game along with other local sporting users.”

Phil Sanderson, Founder Member & Secretary of Hamilton Panthers FC

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