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Rt Hon. David Davis MP pitches in to unveil upgrades for Holme Rovers FC

Rt Hon. David Davis MP pitches in to unveil upgrades for Holme Rovers FC

Date published: 23/05/2018
Rt Hon. David Davis MP pitches in to unveil upgrades for Holme Rovers FC
Holme Rovers FC were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon. David Davis MP (third from right), who officially unveiled their improved changing pavilion and pitch maintenance equipment.

Rt Hon. David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, returned to the home of Holme Rovers FC to officially open their upgraded changing pavilion recently (Saturday 19 May). Their improved facility was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The club has also been able to purchase state-of-the-art ground maintenance equipment thanks to the funding.

The grant helped Holme Rovers FC, working in conjunction with Holme-upon-Spalding Moor Village Hall, to extend the site’s existing changing pavilion, originally installed in 1985. Holme Village Hall had also received a grant of £17,386 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to refurbish the pavilion back in 2011, also officially opened by the Rt Hon. David Davis MP in early 2012.

The club, which has been based at the site since being set up in 1924, is pleased that the project will enable them to cater for spectators more effectively. Previously, the club had to serve refreshments from the officials’ changing room, and there were no toilets for spectators. Now, the pavilion has been extended to comprise: two team changing rooms; one officials’ changing room; a kitchenette and servery, and accessible spectator toilets.

The grant also enabled Holme Rovers FC, which plays in the East Riding County League and the Selby and District Junior League, to purchase new pitch maintenance equipment. This has included a tractor and mower, replacing the club’s original mower that was over 14-years-old and no longer fit for purpose. The new equipment will support Holme Rovers FC in taking care of their one full-size, one 9v9, two 7v7 and two 5v5 grass pitches.

Not only will the new equipment improve the quality of playing surfaces for the club’s ten existing teams, eight of which are in its junior section, but it will also save the money in the long term by removing the need for a contractor. Additionally, the servery now included in the pavilion creates a new way for the club to generate income, supporting their financial sustainability.

The club relies on its dedicated volunteers for all work carried out, on and off its pitches, and the rapid growth of the club means that the project is going to greatly benefit them. This is especially true of the new pitch maintenance equipment, making upkeep easier and less time consuming.

Holme Rovers FC were awarded a £62,594 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and the East Riding 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.

Thanks to the new ground maintenance equipment, the quality of the club’s surfaces will be able to withstand increases in their usage. As a result, the club hopes to introduce three new teams, taking their total to 12. They plan to focus on retaining and growing the junior section, and a 120% rise in football participation on-site is predicted for those between the ages of 14 and 25.

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 192 grants worth £7.1m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £15.9m across the whole of East Riding.

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.

Rt Hon. David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, said: “I am delighted to open the improved pavilion at Holme Rovers FC. The upgraded facilities will be of great benefit to Holme Rovers’ players and ensures that the club can provide a better experience for the team’s supporters.

“Well-run community focussed clubs like Holme Rovers embody the spirit of football. I am extremely pleased to hear that the investment at Holme Rovers, from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, will continue to increase participation and allow the club to expand the number of teams playing competitive football.

“Under the current chairman the club has gone from strength to strength and I am excited to see how the investment at Holme Rovers FC will promote the continued growth of the club and hope that the team maintains their strong performances on the pitch.”

Richard Brook, Holme Rovers FC Chairman, said: “I would like to thank the Rt Hon. David Davis MP for attending and officially unveiling the extension of our pavilion and the pitch maintenance equipment. I would also like to thank the following for their financial support: the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their contribution of £62,594; Commuted Sums from the East Riding County Council who contributed £27,469, and lastly Holme Rovers FC, who contributed £10,000.

“This makes a total capital investment of just over £100,000, truly remarkable for our village. This will allow children in our village and those that surround it the opportunity to play football on first class pitches with first class facilities.”

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 Holme Rovers FC has now opened their extended changing pavilion and are also set to benefit from new pitch maintenance equipment, thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. My thanks go to the Rt Hon. David Davis MP for taking the time to unveil the new facility.

“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
- Richard Brook on 07701 065 354 or richard.brook2007@btinternet.com


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“Well-run community focussed clubs like Holme Rovers embody the spirit of football. I am extremely pleased to hear that the investment at Holme Rovers, from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, will continue to increase participation and allow the club to expand the number of teams playing competitive football."- Rt Hon. David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden

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