Date published: 02/11/2015
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation and Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, presenting a cheque to Burscough Dynamo FC and their chairman, Simon Kenyon (centre).
Young footballers at Burscough Dynamo FC can look forward to playing their matches on new natural grass pitches after Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire and Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, presented the club with a cheque for £98,048 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, recently (Friday 30 October 2015).
The current pitches at their Abbey Lane home are in a state of poor repair with postponements common place during wet weather. However, these improved pitches will mean that games and training sessions can continue throughout the year without the risk of waterlogging leading to training or matches being cancelled.
The club, already a focal point for the local sporting community, are aiming to develop more routes into the game for prospective players, including increasing their Mini Soccer section, provision for girls and ladies, as well as open age football. Their hope is that the upgraded facilities will also help to attract more volunteers and coaches.
Burscough Dynamo FC worked in partnership with the Liverpool County FA to secure the grant. Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields also contributed £65,000 towards the £275,048 development and the club received a further £112,000 from West Lancashire Borough Council. Local community groups will be able hire the facilities for sport and leisure activities.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund 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 14,000 grants worth more than £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 195 grants worth £12.8m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £51.8m across the whole of Liverpool.
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.
Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, said: “I am delighted to see this investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund into West Lancashire. This funding will significantly improve Burscough Dynamo FC’s playing surfaces and help avoid waterlogging and fixture cancellations.
“The Football Foundation is making a real difference to grassroots clubs across the country, and the improvements being made in Burscough are a key example of their commitment to developing facilities which encourage young people to participate in sport, something important for a healthy and active lifestyle.
“I also wish to thank Lord Pendry for meeting with me recently to discuss how we continue to improve grassroots sports facilities in West Lancashire. I look forward to seeing the pitches once they are completed, and wish Burscough Dynamo FC and West Lancashire Borough Council all the best for the future.”
Lord Pendry, President, Football Foundation, said: “Presenting a cheque to Burscough Dynamo FC was a real pleasure. This funding will make a huge difference to the quality of the pitches, and in turn, the enjoyment and participation in the game.
“The club have worked extremely hard alongside West Lancashire Borough Council and Liverpool County FA, and I look forward to seeing Burscough go from strength to strength as a result of this grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”
Simon Kenyon, Chairman of Burscough Dynamo, said: “Thanks to the Football Foundation, through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Sport England and West Lancashire Borough Council, the football club will now have a base to call home after many years playing at various venues across West Lancashire.
“We aim to further develop our mini soccer section, girls and ladies football, as well as open age football and continue our aim of working in the community to provide football for people of all ages. We are always looking for more people to join our club in various capacities, and would encourage more people to become involved in coaching our many teams. In conjunction with West Lancashire Borough Council we will also try and develop other sports and the facility will be available for the community to hire.”
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure at West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement with Burscough Dynamo FC for them to take over the lease. We can all look forward to seeing Abbey Lane thrive again and give Burscough Dynamo FC and other community clubs a base they can call home.”
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- Simon Kenyon on 07817 767 156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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