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Robert Jenrick MP delighted to unveil upgraded changing pavilion for Collingham FC

Robert Jenrick MP delighted to unveil upgraded changing pavilion for Collingham FC

Date published: 16/05/2018
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Local MP Robert Jenrick (left) had the honour of officially opening Collingham FC's improved changing pavilion, with help from the club's first team manager Paul Hyde (right).

Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, joined Collingham FC’s first team manager Paul Hyde to officially unveil the club’s refurbished changing pavilion recently (Saturday 12 May). 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 Collingham FC, which currently has 14 teams ranging from Under-6 to adult level, to perform much needed improvement and extension works on their changing pavilion. The facility now comprises: four team changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a medical room; spectator toilets and an extended clubroom, bar and kitchen. Further kitchen facilities and a social area are also included on the first floor.

In addition to better serving the club’s players and members, including more than 30 coaches, the upgraded changing provision is also going to support other users such as Nottinghamshire Schools FA and Newark Town FC. Users also have access to a small-sided artificial grass pitch and a full-size grass pitch, as well as one Mini-Soccer grass pitch situated at the adjacent John Blow Primary School.

The project has made vast improvements to the pavilion’s accessibility for wheelchair users and disabled people. It is hoped that this will enable Collingham FC to offer new opportunities for disabled people from the local community to engage with the club in future.

Collingham FC were awarded a £65,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Nottinghamshire 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 expected that a total of 11 new teams will be introduced on-site, thanks to the improved changing provision. This is set to include six new sides in the 14-18-year-old section, taking the total from two to eight and resulting in a 108% rise in football participation for those aged between 14 and 25.

It is also hoped that four of the new teams will be female sides, helping to boost girls’ participation in the game by 105% for the site. The new teams planned include a girls’ Under-14 team, a mixed Under-14 side and an adult women’s team.

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 over 17,000 grants worth more than £615m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of £817m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 245 grants worth £14.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £25.4m across the whole of Nottinghamshire.

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.

Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, said: “It’s an honour to help officially open Collingham FC’s facility. Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England, the club have been able to upgrade their pavilion and therefore improve provision for not only its players and members, but its spectators as well. My congratulations go to the club for making this a success.

“It’s great to hear that the changing pavilion is going to support Collingham FC in introducing brand new girls’ teams, thanks to its increased capacity. Improving access to grassroots football for all demographics is really important, as it provides such a great way for people to stay active and look after themselves. I’d like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their support of this project.”

Mick Goodwin, Director of Football for Collingham FC, said: “On behalf of Collingham FC, I would like to thank Robert Jenrick MP for officially opening our new changing rooms and clubhouse. The fantastic grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, combined with the innovative approach taken by the club, has helped transform the facility into a state-of-the-art 21st century place to play football.

“Collingham has always had a reputation for being one of the best grounds in the County and with this upgrade we have enhanced this status. Grassroots football will continue to grow and thrive in Collingham thanks to the support of the Football Foundation.”

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 Collingham FC has now opened their state-of-the-art changing pavilion in Newark, 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.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk
- Mick Goodwin on 07771 534 055 or mick.goodwin2@btinternet.com 


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“It’s great to hear that the changing pavilion is going to support Collingham FC in introducing brand new girls’ teams, thanks to its increased capacity. Improving access to grassroots football for all demographics is really important, as it provides such a great way for people to stay active and look after themselves."- Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark

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