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Facilities in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond overhauled to provide community footballers with new home

Facilities in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond overhauled to provide community footballers with new home

Date published: 20 March 2019

Press release

Facilities in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond overhauled to provide community footballers with new home

Community footballers in Cumbria can now enjoy an enhanced playing experience after the doors were opened to Downagate Community Association’s refurbished community building and changing rooms recently (Sunday 17 March 2019).

The project was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

After netting a £99,200 grant from the Football Foundation, work begun on the site in May 2017. The newly refurbished community building replaces a redundant property which in 2015 was submerged in 1.5 metres of water due to Storm Desmond. The project involved a complete rebuild of the centre to overhaul the provision of facilities at the site.

The new facilities include a main hall, store room, toilet facilities with disabled access, kitchen and pantry, four team changing rooms and two officials’ changing rooms - all of which will benefit partner club Warwick Wanderers AFC and numerous community groups.

As the main football team using the centre and playing fields, Warwick Wanderers AFC aim to establish an additional nine teams over the next five years. Working alongside Cumberland County FA, the club is keen to attract female payers and has a clear plan to increase its number of female qualified coaches to support growth in that area.

In addition to community footballers benefitting from the new facilities, local groups including; Women’s Institute, Round Table, Viaduct Gardening Club, Good Companions, Local History Club, Toddler Sensory, Holme Eden Church and Warwick Bridge Primary School will enjoy access to the site for weekly sessions.

Kevin Dobinson, Chairman, Downagate Community Centre, said: “I would like to thank all benefactors and donators and especially the Football Foundation who through the Premier League, FA and government, awarded a £99,200 grant. It is important through the sport we will now be able to deliver from the new centre that the children will develop both social and physical skills once again”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The support of the Premier League, The FA and government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country. Their funding has played a key role in delivering this new community building in Cumbria and I am delighted for everyone associated with Downagate Community Association.

“This is one example we want to make people in Cumbria aware of, that they have the kind of quality pitches and changing rooms that are taken for granted in other counties. We will continue to support projects nationwide, but we cannot do this on our own, so we are encouraging organisations in the area to join our movement to deliver quality football facilities for people in Cumbria once and for all.

“Taking part in community sport at any level offers many benefits and rewards, not least the opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and socialise with different members of the community.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

•Jack Cavilla on 0345 345 4555 Ext. 4292 or at jack.cavilla@footballfoundation.org.uk 

•Nick Stobbs on 01228 590 800 or at Nick.Stobbs@riversiderecruitment.co.uk


Facilities in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond overhauled to provide community footballers with new home
Facilities in Cumbria destroyed by Storm Desmond overhauled to provide community footballers with new home

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It is important through the sport we will now be able to deliver from the new centre that the children will develop both social and physical skills once again” - Kevin Dobinson, Chairman, Downagate Community Centre

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