Date published: 22/11/2012
Grassroots sport in Nottinghamreceived a significant boost today following the news that FA National Charter Standard Award Winners, Underwood Villa Football Club, have received a grant of £49,900 from the Football Foundation and a further £20,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The funding will allow Underwood Villa to provide first class changing facilities for players, match officials and visitors alike at the club’s ground, Bracken Park.
The new sports pavilion will comprise of: home and away team changing rooms, match official changing rooms, spectator toilets, a kitchen and a multi-function room which will also be used for classroom led player learning opportunities.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
The FSIF are supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non league football in the country. Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Martyn Goodfellow, Football Development Officer and Project Manager, said: “The club is extremely grateful for the Football Foundation and FSIF grants towards this much needed changing room pavilion. Underwood Villa FC would also like to acknowledge the support received throughout the application process.
“This project will benefit the community for many years to come.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“Underwood Villa has been extremely energetic and worked tirelessly in partnership with the Nottinghamshire County FA to secure this funding, and I am thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with these substantial Football Foundation and FSIF grants.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this one in Nottingham and right across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, The FA, the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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