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New changing pavilion at Leggatts Playing Field set to boost grassroots sport in Watford

New changing pavilion at Leggatts Playing Field set to boost grassroots sport in Watford

Date published: 12 December 2018

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New changing pavilion at Leggatts Playing Field set to boost grassroots sport in Watford

Players at Everett Rovers FC are set to benefit from a new Football Foundation funded changing pavilion which was opened recently (Saturday 8 December) by Richard Harrington MP at Leggatts Playing Fields in Watford. The 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 has enabled Everett Rovers FC, who play in the West Herts Youth League, to build a new clubhouse, which includes: two team changing rooms, a clubroom, kitchen, servery, storage area and toilets. This investment will enable the club to develop its membership and provide an improved matchday experience for anyone playing at the site.

The new facilities will replace three ageing steel containers which were previously being used as changing rooms and equipment storage. The club’s Leggatts Playing Field site has three existing full-size grass pitches, one 9v9 pitch and three mini-soccer pitches. Although Everett Rovers have their own ground, players haven’t had access to any facilities for the last 10 years.

Everett Rovers FC is a FA Chartered Standard Development Club and currently provides opportunities to over 20 teams, ranging from Under-7’s through to Under-18’s, youth and adult disability teams. The club’s inclusive teams were set up three years ago and they now have nearly 60 players in these teams, making them one of the largest inclusive clubs in Hertfordshire.

Everett Rovers FC were awarded a £379,385 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Hertfordshire 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.

It is predicted that the new changing pavilion will result in an increase of over 200 players at the club, which will be supported by the formation of 15 new teams across all age groups during the next five years.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 219 grants worth £10.9m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £19.5m across the whole of Hertfordshire FA.

Glenn Peach, Chairman of Everett Rovers, said: “The clubhouse has been a long time coming and we would like to thank the Football Foundation and all the other funders and businesses that have supported us. Everett Rovers have continued to grow over the last few years and we feel that the clubhouse will take us to the next level and allow us to support even more local children.”

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 Everett Rovers FC has now opened their new clubhouse in Watford, 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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Everett Rovers have continued to grow over the last few years and we feel that the clubhouse will take us to the next level and allow us to support even more local children.” - Glenn Peach, Chairman of Everett Rovers

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