Date published: 28/08/2012
Grassroots sport in Desborough received a boost today following the news that Kettering Borough Council have received a grant of £17,579 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Desborough Town Junior Football Club to deliver their development plan. The £50,000 project will provide two new high quality real grass pitches at the new Leisure Centre off of Ironwood Avenue. The facility is managed by Parkwood Leisure on behalf of Kettering Borough Council.
The new pitches are expected to be ready for use next year. It is intended that temporary changing facilities will be put in place prior use until phase two of the new leisure centre is completed. Phase two includes external changing accommodation, squash courts and a flexible use room.
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.
Valerie Hitchman, Head of Community Services, said: “Desborough Town Junior Football Club, Kettering Borough Council and Parkwood Leisure worked together to achieve funding from the Football Foundation.
“I would like to thanks the Football Foundation for helping us to develop football in Desborough.”
Local Councillor, Jonathan Bullock, said: “We are always trying to promote sport in the Borough and the Olympics have heightened interest in competitive sport locally. This grant will ensure access to better facilities for the young footballers in Desborough which will aid their development.”
Stephen Perry, Chairman of Desborough Town Junior Football Club, said: “The club has been working hard for the last five years with the Council and Nottinghamshire FA to create a home for the club. The new pitches will give us a firm foundation to drive our football plans forward from next season. Junior football will have a permanent home in Desborough and we are looking forward to seeing and playing on the new pitches.”
Mat Tilley, General Manager from Parkwood Leisure’s Kettering Contract, said: “Being awarded funding through the Football Foundation is fantastic achievement, one which will allow Desborough Leisure Centre to be the home for Desborough Town Juniors Football Club for many years to come. I look forward to next season and to continue working with Stephen Perry and the team at Kettering Borough Council on all future projects.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Kettering Borough Council and the Northamptonshire FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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