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Adam Afriyie MP unveils brand new changing pavilion and clubhouse in Berkshire

Adam Afriyie MP unveils brand new changing pavilion and clubhouse in Berkshire

Date published: 31/10/2017
Adam Afriyie MP unveils brand new changing pavilion and clubhouse in Berkshire
Binfield FC was delighted to welcome Adam Afriyie MP (centre), who officially unveiled the club's new changing pavilion and improved clubhouse recently.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, officially opened Binfield FC’s state-of-the-art new changing pavilion and upgraded clubhouse in Berkshire recently (Saturday 28 October), thanks to funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The project also received a grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the largest funders of non-league football in the country. 

The funding has enabled the club to build a brand new changing facility, which includes: two changing rooms; two officials' changing rooms and a medical treatment room. This has been built alongside the existing clubhouse, which has been remodelled to include a social area, meeting room and bar alongside the expanded clubroom. 

The final phase of the project will be completed in the next few months, which will include upgrading existing pathways and safety barriers and adding new ones around the clubhouse, changing rooms and pitch. This will give DDA compliant access to all areas for wheelchair users and parents with young children in pushchairs. 

The upgrades will benefit not only Binfield FC, which merged with local youth clubs and now has over 300 members, but other users too. These include Binfield Primary School and local archery club, the Warfield Bowmen. 

Binfield FC worked alongside the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire County FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation. 

The Step 5 club currently has 34 teams playing across different leagues, including the Hellenic League Premier Division, and the new facility will enable them to introduce 14 brand new sides. 

This will include a new Under-21 and open-age female team, which will strengthen player pathways through the club for girls. Female football participation onsite is expected to rise by 444%, thanks to the new pavilion and clubhouse. 

Binfield hopes their new facility will develop opportunities for disabled players in the area. The club hopes to run sessions in partnership with the BOBI League, the Berks & Bucks FA’s pan-disability league. 

Additionally, Binfield FC works closely with Reading FC to support the development of its members, coaches and managers across all areas of the club’s structure. This includes proper training, and the facility will provide an improved venue for FA coach education. 

The club worked in partnership with the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire County FA to secure a £185,627 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. They also received £68,374 from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, sister organisation of the Football Foundation. Additional funding was received from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Binfield Parish Council, the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ local community scheme and contributions from club members and sponsors. 

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 nearly £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. 

Funded with £6.5m 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 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 276 grants worth £6.4m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £15.2m across the whole of Berkshire & Buckinghamshire. 

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. 

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said: “My congratulations go to Binfield FC for making this project such a success. I am honoured to have been invited to unveil their new pavilion and refurbished clubhouse, and can already tell that this will be of real benefit to the community here. I am especially glad to hear of the positive impact that the facility will have on female football participation at the site.

“Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through Sport England, as well as the support of the local councillors, the Football Foundation is working hard to deliver facilities like this up and down the country. These sites are encouraging more and more people to get active and enjoy themselves, and I’m sure Binfield FC’s new clubhouse and pavilion will see lots of use.”

Glenn Duggleby, Binfield FC Club Resources Development Manager, said: “We would like to thank all at the Football Foundation and Berkshire and Buckinghamshire FA who have given us such good support in initiating and delivering this development and improvement project. The impact is being seen instantly in the levels of engagement with our existing members and the interest that it is generating for new members, especially in our ever-expanding local community.” 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is excellent news that a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the FSIF, has benefitted Binfield FC’s project to install a new changing pavilion and upgrade their clubhouse. This will benefit both its members and its fans. 

“The Premier League understands how important it is for clubs at lower levels of the game to have safe, comfortable facilities. This project is an excellent example of what their investment in improving non-league stadia can achieve.” 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see Binfield FC join thousands of local clubs who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of a refurbished clubhouse. I’d like to thank Adam Afriyie MP for officially unveiling the facility. 

“Having delivered over £1.4bn of grassroots sports infrastructure projects, the Football Foundation has developed a network of accessible, first-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact – thanks to money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England.  

“These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who also use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications.” 

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Glenn Duggleby on 07775 794 557 or at glenn@c4e.onmicrosoft.com
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk


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"I am honoured to have been invited to unveil the new pavilion and refurbished clubhouse, and can already tell that this will be of real benefit to the community here. I am especially glad to hear of the positive impact that the facility will have on female football participation at the site."- Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor

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