Date published: 28/10/2016
Middlesex FA Chief Executive, Peter Clayton, officially cut the ribbon alongside Denham United Ladies FC youngsters.
Denham United Ladies FC, the largest team for women in the South of England, officially unveiled their new changing room pavilion at The Den recently (Thursday 27 October 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. It also received an additional grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which is solely funded by the Premier League.
Through this project, overall sports participation is set to rise by 41%, with the club looking to establish a new team every year, including a disability side, to build on their current roster of ten. These outcomes are projected as part of the Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long-term vision for how sport will be played at the new facility – developed by the club alongside the Football Foundation and Middlesex County FA.
The new facility – comprising two team changing rooms and an officials’ changing room – will be used throughout the Denham community, including local school, Wycombe College, to deliver weekly PE lessons. Denham Parish Council, a key partner in the project, helped to coordinate the administration of the new facility.
The project was made possible thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which 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, and delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The project also received £72,000 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF 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.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 224grants worth £22m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £93m across the whole of Middlesex.
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.
Joanne Currivan, Secretary, Denham United Ladies FC, said: “We would like to thank Middlesex FA for their help in receiving a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This new facility will help us to attract and retain more players which will then help improve grassroots sport in the area.”
Ray Stickley, Chairman, Denham United Ladies FC, said: “We as a club would also like to thank Denham Parish Council for their help and support in coming into partnership with Denham United Ladies FC to secure the grants from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, and Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “The new changing rooms here at The Den will provide a fantastic facility for Denham United Ladies FC to use for both training and matches, enabling them to progress this season and beyond.
“This project is another case example of the Premier League’s commitment towards improving grassroots sport, through investing in stadia infrastructure from the bottom up of the football pyramid. I wish the club all the best for the future and hope to see their continued rise through the National League System.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation and the FSIF, said: “Congratulations to Denham United Ladies FC for their hard work in developing this first-class new changing pavilion. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, 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 latest project in Denham 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.”
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