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Craig Tracey MP opens pavilion and pitch works in North Warwickshire backed by former England manager Graham Taylor

Craig Tracey MP opens pavilion and pitch works in North Warwickshire backed by former England manager Graham Taylor

Date published: 16/12/2015
Craig Tracey MP and other dignitaries cut the ribbon at Hurley Kings FC
From left to right: Graham Colin, Development Officer, Hurley Kings FC; Ian Brookes, Secretary, Hurley Kings FC; Alistair Johnson, Chairman, Hurley Kings; Craig Tracey, MP for North Warwickshire; Martin Davis, Mayor of North Warwickshire; James Vernon, Vice Chairman, Hurley Kings FC and Gill Davis, Mayoress of North Warwickshire cutting the ribbon at the opening of Hurley Kings FC's new pavilion.

Craig Tracey, MP for North Warwickshire, officially opened Hurley Kings FC’s new £465,885 changing pavilion and real grass pitch improvement works recently (Saturday 12 December 2015).

The project was made possible thanks to a £330,700 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

This funding has enabled the club to build a new changing pavilion and carry out improvement works to their natural grass pitches. The pavilion comprises two dual gender changing rooms, two official's rooms, clubroom and staff accommodation. Prior to this investment, players, coaches and officials’ had no changing facilities available. Now the club have a comfortable and safe environment to prepare for matches and training sessions.

Pitch works include a new drainage system for the real grass pitches and the creation of a new mini soccer pitch and training area.

The Football Foundation has worked alongside the club and Birmingham FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which predicts a growth in teams from 12 to 17, with increases in Mini-Soccer and junior football as a result of the investment.

The club worked in partnership with the Birmingham FA to secure a £330,700 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The project also received £105,000 from Sport England (Inspired Facilities and Protected Playing Fields Funds).

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 £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 324 grants worth £22m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £55.5m across the whole of the Birmingham County FA region.

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.

Craig Tracey, MP for North Warwickshire, said: “I was delighted to officially open the fantastic new pavilion and real grass pitch improvement works at Hurley Kings FC. The development will make a significant difference to the club and the local community by providing state-of-the-art sporting facilities in North Warwickshire.

“It is clear how much hard work and effort has been put into making this project happen, and I must send my thanks to all involved at the club and Football Foundation for their dedication to improving the grassroots across the country. I look forward to seeing Hurley Kings FC go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

Ian Brookes, Club Secretary, said: “We would like to thank the Mayor and our Member of Parliament, Craig Tracey for opening our new changing rooms. By working in partnership with the Borough Council we have been able to secure a funding package totalling £445,700 from The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Sport England and the Playing Fields Legacy Fund to which we have each added £10,000.

“The funding has enabled the site to be securely fenced, the existing pitches to be improved and properly drained and additional pitches created, car parking to be improved and, not least, the pavilion to be built providing changing facilities and a club room.

“The site development is testimony to the huge efforts of so many organisations who have backed the Club and helped deliver truly wonderful facilities that will benefit the whole community. Local grassroots footballers now have the facilities that they deserve and this is already attracting new players to join the Club. The whole community should be proud of what it has achieved.”

The new site also received praise from former England Manager and local resident, Graham Taylor OBE.

Football Foundation Ambassador Graham, said: “It is fantastic to see this investment into North Warwickshire football from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. We need to keep injecting money into the grassroots level of the game, as this will create more top quality home-grown talent, and serve to improve participation levels within the community. I’ve visited countless Football Foundation facilities over the years and seen at first-hand the enjoyment that local people get from them.

“A healthy grassroots game is essential for the health of the game at every level and the Football Foundation are the experts at targeting this investment into areas where it will have the biggest impact. I wish the club all the best for the coming seasons, and I am in no doubt that this fantastic new changing room and real grass pitches will improve the game for all involved at Hurley Kings FC.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Ian Brookes on 01827 874 003 or hurleykingsfc@btinternet.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

The new pavilion at Hurley Kings FC
The pavilion comprises two dual gender changing rooms, two official's rooms, clubroom and staff accommodation.

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“A healthy grassroots game is essential for the health of the game at every level and the Football Foundation are the experts at targeting this investment into areas where it will have the biggest impact."

Graham Taylor OBE

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