Date published: 05/11/2013
Wilberfoss Football Club have officially unveiled a brand new changing room facility representing a significant investment of £150,000 into grassroots football in East Yorkshire, part-funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, alongside other funders.
Wilberfoss Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association worked in partnership with the East Riding County FA to secure a £6,113 grant from the Football Foundation. £50,000 was also given to Wilberfoss AFC by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). This allowed construction to begin at their home ground of Wilberfoss Playing Fields, a site which is a considerable asset for junior football in the region.
The facilities now boast: four team changing rooms with showering and toilet facilities, a disabled changing and shower area, two officials changing rooms, a clubroom, and catering provision.
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.
The FSIF is funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, and 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.
Across the whole of East Riding, the Foundation has awarded 79 grants worth over £5m towards grassroots sports projects worth £10m, whilst the FSIF has awarded 13 grants worth nearly £3m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £28m.
Earlier this year, Wilberfoss Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association were also successful in securing £359 from the Youth Goalposts scheme in order to purchase new goalposts.
Paul Gibney, Vice Chairman, said: “Without backing from the Football Foundation none of this would have been possible. Their help and advice throughout the whole process has been invaluable. We now have the facilities any organisation would be proud of.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation and the FSIF, added: “This is an outstanding new changing room project, which will benefit football and other sports in and around Wilberfoss. 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 Wilberfoss AFC and the East Riding County FA for their hard work on this project.”
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