Date published: 14/07/2016
Andrew Bingham, MP for High Peak, was in Tintwistle recently (Saturday 9 July 2016), to present a £341,786 cheque to Tintwistle Athletic FC to help build a new state-of-the-art changing room. The investment came from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Tintwistle Athletic FC is a FA Chartered Standard club with 21 teams, eight of which are currently based at the site. When built, the new pavilion will increase participation in the women’s game by 50%, taking the number of teams from two to five whilst also increasing general participation by 62%.
The new facility comprises two team changing rooms, two officials’ rooms, a clubroom, spectator toilets and kitchen. The club also received £75,000 from Sport England to help fund the project.
The club worked with the Derbyshire FA and the Football Foundation to develop a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision for how football should be played at the site, to ensure the facility is used to its full potential.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £560m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £787m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
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 Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, said: “As a former MP for Greater Manchester, with Tintwistle as part of my constituency, where I also lived, I was delighted to hear that Tintwistle Athletic FC had received funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
“This grant will help to build a state-of-the-art changing room pavilion that the whole community can enjoy and I am in no doubt that will have a really positive impact on local grassroots footballers. Investment into grassroots football facilities is vital to the progression of clubs at all levels of the national game across the country and since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 187 grants worth £12m across Derbyshire towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £29.2m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.”
Andrew Bingham, MP for High Peak, said: “I was delighted to present this cheque to Tintwistle Athletic FC. The new pavilion will have a long lasting positive impact on the local community, providing much needed space in which sportspeople can change in safety and comfort. It will increase participation by 62% which is nothing but positive news for Tintwistle’s grassroots game, especially as it will aid the enjoyment of playing sport as individuals become healthier in the process.
“When finished, these new facilities will allow people to enjoy the experience of the sport in its entirety and I wish to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities fund for their investment into this club and into my constituency.”
Jill Crossland, Club Secretary of Tintwistle Athletic FC, said: “It is fantastic news for the club to have received this investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, it will improve the quality of facilities at the club significantly and have a lasting effect on local grassroots football.
“I personally would like to thank the Football Foundation, Sport England, Keely Brown at the Derbyshire FA and Matt Bartle at The FA for their continued and fantastic support in this process. I would also like to thank High Peak Borough Council and Debra Kelly of Aspinall Wright Solicitors for their work in completing the lease agreements for the site.”
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