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Emma Hardy MP joined by Olympic Gold winner Luke Campbell MBE to unveil new changing pavilion

Emma Hardy MP joined by Olympic Gold winner Luke Campbell MBE to unveil new changing pavilion

Date published: 09/10/2017
Emma Hardy MP joined by Olympic Gold winner Luke Campbell MBE to unveil new changing pavilion

Emma Hardy, MP for Kingston-upon-Hull West and Hessle, and Luke Campbell MBE, professional boxer and Olympic Gold medallist, recently unveiled a new changing pavilion for Hessle Sporting Club FC (Saturday 7 October). The project was made possible by a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 

The grant has enabled Hessle Sporting Club FC to replace their original pavilion, which was more than 60-years-old and no longer fit for purpose, with a state-of-the-art facility. The new pavilion comprises: two team changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a clubroom; a kitchen and spectator toilets. 

The brand new facility will not only benefit Hessle Sporting Club’s players, which start at the Under-7 level, but also the local area as the pavilion will be made available to members of the community for hire. 

Hessle Sporting Club FC worked alongside the East Riding 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 brand new pavilion has enabled the club, which was established in 1976, to expand their number of teams from 32 to 39. The introduction of seven new sides, including an Under-8 and an Under-10 girls’ team, supports the expected increase of 127% in football participation at the site for those between the ages of 14 and 25. A new veterans’ and an open-age side are also planned. 

The club worked in partnership with the East Riding FA to secure a £98,495 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. 

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. 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 – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game. 

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 190 grants worth £7.1m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £15.9m across the whole of East Riding

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. 

Emma Hardy, MP for Kingston-upon-Hull West and Hessle, said: “I was delighted to be able to officially open this new pavilion today. The Football Foundation has done fantastic work in delivering state-of-the-art grassroots football facilities to communities and I am sure that the pavilion will prove to be a wonderful addition to the local community in Hessle and the surrounding areas. 

“My constituency of Hull West and Hessle has a great sporting culture and I’m particularly pleased to hear that this project has allowed Hessle Sporting Club FC to open seven new teams – including two new junior teams – to encourage more people to get involved in their local sports club. I’d like to congratulate the club for their hard work on securing the funding for this project, and for making it a success.” 

Luke Campbell MBE, who won the gold medal in the Men’s Bantamweight division at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “I’d like to thank the club for inviting Emma and I to help unveil their new pavilion. Having grown up in the area, I can vouch for the importance of excellent grassroots sports facilities, such as this one, in our community. I’m glad to hear that the upgraded changing provision will help to improve the number of people getting out and keeping fit and healthy.” 

Charlie Walker, Hessle Sporting Club President, said: “We’ve been looking forward to the opening of our new sports pavilion for a very long time. We would like to thank Emma Hardy MP and Mr Luke Campbell MBE for performing the opening ceremony as well as our funding partners, in particular the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The new pavilion doesn’t just secure the continuation of fantastic grassroots football in Hessle, it’s a facility the whole community can be proud of and benefit from.”

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 Hessle Sporting Club join thousands of local clubs who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of a new changing pavilion. I'd like to thank Emma Hardy MP and Luke Campbell MBE for taking the time to officially unveil 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.” 


For more information, please contact:
- Charlie Walker on 07917 814 777 or at charsue6464@gmail.com
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk