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Lord Pendry unveils new changing pavilion in Derbyshire alongside Ruth George MP

Lord Pendry unveils new changing pavilion in Derbyshire alongside Ruth George MP

Date published: 27/07/2017
Lord Pendry unveils new changing pavilion in Derbyshire alongside Ruth George MP

Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, officially opened a state-of-the-art changing pavilion in Tintwistle recently (Saturday 22 July). The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The MP for High Peak, Ruth George, was also in attendance.

The grant has enabled Tintwistle Athletic FC (TAFC) to make vital improvements to their existing changing pavilion, which now comprises: two team changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a clubroom; a kitchen and spectator toilets. 

Tintwistle Village FC will use the site, and the local Parish Council hopes to deliver multi-sport holiday sessions there. The pavilion will be used as a venue for FA coaching qualifications. TAFC will also encourage use of the facility by local running and cycling clubs. 

Tintwistle Athletic FC worked alongside the Derbyshire 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.

TAFC, which currently has 25 teams ranging from Mini-Soccer to open-age sides, plays across seven leagues including the Manchester League, High Peak League, Tameside League and North Manchester Girls’ League.

It is expected that the new pavilion will help to both retain current players and attract new ones, supporting the club in establishing new teams. Sport participation for the 14-25 age group is expected to rise by 89% as a result of improvements to the site.

There are already plans for four new female sides. Female sports participation at the site is predicted to increase by 92% across age-groups. Additionally, participation for those over the age of 26 is expected to rise by 44% with plans for at least one new Walking Football team.

The club worked in partnership with the Derbyshire County FA to secure a £341,786 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 241 grants worth £12.1m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £29.3m across the whole of Derbyshire.

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.

Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation and former MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, said: “I was delighted to unveil Tintwistle Athletic FC’s new changing pavilion. They have been able to upgrade their existing provision to a top quality facility, which will help them to attract and keep more players in the future.

“I was especially pleased to hear how the new upgrade will help raise participation for the club by 89% for those between the ages of 14 and 25. Having served as an MP for 31 years – living in this part of my constituency, indeed in this village – I know how much sport means to people in this area.

“Facilities such as this one are an excellent example of the hard work undertaken by the Football Foundation, who deliver these projects through generous funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.”

Ruth George, MP for the High Peak area, said: “This upgraded facility is an excellent addition to our community, and I am very pleased to see it already in use. I’d like to thank the club for inviting me to be here today. Grassroots sports sites just like this one are a great social outlet for people whilst also providing a way to keep fit. I’d like to congratulate the club on securing the grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund which helped make this possible.”

John Paul Copeland, chairman Tintwistle Athletic FC, said: “I would like to thank all our committee, supporters, Derbyshire FA, the FA, Sport England, HPBC, Tintwistle Parish Council and local sponsors for their hard work and contribution in enabling this excellent facility to happen. 

“We are particularly grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for our wonderful facility, which will encourage more local people to participate in sport in a beautiful rural setting that we have here.”


For more information contact:

-Sophie Huby at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext. 4292
- Jill Crossland at jillcrossland@outlook.com or on 07950 359 879