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It's more than Bottesford, it's fantastic! Sir Alan Duncan MP delighted for club as he opens new facility

It’s more than Bottesford, it's fantastic! Sir Alan Duncan MP delighted for club as he opens new facility

Date published: 29/08/2018
It’s more than Bottesford, its fantastic! Sir Alan Duncan MP delighted for club as he opens new facility
Players from Bottesford FC at the unveiling of the new changing pavilion with from left to right, Councillor Byron Rhodes, Bottesford FC Chairman, Daniel Gribby, Sir Alan Duncan MP, Madam Mayor of Melton, Pru Chandler and Bottesford FC Vice Chairman, Nick Dobney.

Sir Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton, officially opened a new state-of-the-art changing pavilion at Bottesford FC recently (Monday 27 August 2018). Their new facility was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The grant enabled Bottesford FC, who have senior teams in the North Leicestershire and Newark Alliance League, to build the brand new changing pavilion, and create additional car parking access, which will help the club to significantly boost their provision of football throughout the local community.

The new facility comprises of: four team changing rooms, two changing rooms for matchday officials, increased access to male and females toilets and a community room complete with kitchen and servery area. The servery and community room will help increase both the club’s income and overall sustainability.

Bottesford FC’s senior teams had previously played at the village hall pitch, a public site which only had a dilapidated portable cabin for teams to change in. Additionally, both the village hall site and the club’s home ground on Nottingham Road were previously lacking suitable toilet facilities. The new clubhouse will enable all of Bottesford FC’s teams to play at Nottingham Road, which contains 12 pitches.

The community room in the new changing pavilion will also be used by a number of local groups and organisations to provide sports and wellbeing activities, including: yoga and pilates, karate and zumba classes.

Russell Hibbert, Bottesford FC’s groundsman, has tended to the pitches for the last three years and recently came runner-up in the FA Groundsman of the Year awards at St George’s Park.

Bottesford Football Club were awarded a £507,348 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA 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 new changing pavilion will help the club to more than double the number of teams playing over the next five years. An expected increase from 16 to 34 teams would see a rise of over 300 players at the club, which represents a 126% growth.

With a focus on retaining young players and getting multiple teams per each age group, a 165% increase in football participation for those in the 14-25 age bracket is predicted. Bottesford FC also plan to establish two new girls’ sides, which would see a 360% growth in female participation at the club.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 251 grants worth £15.7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £28m across the whole of Leicestershire.

Daniel Gribby, Chairman, Bottesford FC, said: “Many thanks to Sir Alan Duncan MP and Madame Mayor of Melton, Pru Chandler for opening our brand new, amazing clubhouse at Bottesford FC. This project would not have been possible without the support and funding from the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund. As a club with nearly 350 players, this facility is essential for our growth and will help to improve grassroots sport in the community.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grassroots sport plays an important role in communities across the UK, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. That is why I am delighted that Bottesford Football Club has now opened their state-of-the-art clubhouse in Leicestershire, thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

“Continuing to improve access to high-quality facilities like this one is a key aim for the Premier League, The FA and the Government. Delivered by the Football Foundation, their funding supports projects for clubs and organisations all over the country and is helping to boost the number of people benefiting from sport through better facilities. 

“Grassroots football provides so many benefits for members of the community, not least of which is the opportunity to enjoy themselves. Love for our national game, something that can be found across the country, is an integral part of what drives the Foundation and its Funding Partners to keep increasing the standards and quality of our facilities.”

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As a club with nearly 350 players, this facility is essential for our growth and will help to improve grassroots sport in the community.” - Daniel Gribby, Chairman, Bottesford FC

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