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Foundation President and Toon legend Moncur unveil new changing pavilion in Newcastle

Foundation President and Toon legend Moncur unveil new changing pavilion in Newcastle

Date published: 16/06/2017
 Foundation President Lord Pendry and Toon legend Moncur unveil new changing pavilion in Newcastle
racey Caffery, Headteacher of St John's Primary School, Football Foundation President Lord Pendry, and former Scotland captain Bobby Moncur, opening the new facility.

Football Foundation President The Rt Hon. Lord Pendry and former Newcastle United FC captain Bobby Moncur, officially opened St John’s Primary School’s new changing room pavilion in Newcastle. 

The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The new state-of-the-art pavilion is projected to raise overall sports participation by 162% and replaces a temporary builder’s cabin. The makeshift building was previously used as the site’s main changing facility by the school’s 230 students and local grassroots sides: Westgate Juniors FC; North Shields CCFC and Newcastle Boys Club.

Built as part of the school’s new sports hub – ‘The Turf @ St John’s’, which includes a new all-weather pitch – the changing pavilion comprises: two team changing rooms; a clubroom; kitchen facilities; spectator toilets and office space. The facility will house local grassroots charity Hat Trick and the Newcastle United FC Foundation, both of whom will support a number of the school’s post-curriculum programmes.

With the school located just two miles from St James’ Park, Newcastle United FC Foundation will deliver walking and family football programmes, after-school clubs, nutrition sessions and holiday clubs from the new facility. Hat Trick meanwhile will use football as a tool to support youngsters – including a number of girls’ sessions – by building players’ confidence and learning new skills.     

As part of the project planning, St John’s Primary School worked alongside the Football Foundation and Northumberland FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP): a long-term vision of how sport will be played on-site. Helping maximise the pavilion’s out-of-hours usage, the FDP will ensure a range of local organisations can enjoy the new facilities, including the Northumberland FA, who will deliver coach education courses from the site.

The project was made possible thanks to a £243,766 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The grant was secured in partnership with the Northumberland FA.

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 around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 202 grants worth £13m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £26m across the whole of Northumberland. This investment has covered 15 all-weather pitches, 31 changing room pavilions and 133 natural grass pitches.

For The Rt Hon. Lord Pendry, the opening at St John’s Primary School follows a number of recent visits to Football Foundation-funded facilities, including Langton Green Community Sports Association’s new changing pavilion, and Burton Albion Community Trust’s new football hub.

Opening the North East’s latest grassroots facility, Football Foundation President Lord Pendry, said: “This changing pavilion is brilliant, and certainly a marked difference from when I used to play football! These types of facilities are absolutely vital in providing safe and accessible changing provision for local schools, clubs and community groups right across the country, and this one at St John’s Primary School certainly fits the bill.

“My role as President of the Foundation enables me to witness all the charity’s fantastic work in directing investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, into the areas that need it most. Through the provision of all-weather pitches, changing pavilions and community clubhouses – ‘homes from home’ for so many – the Foundation is developing a network of national facilities through which kids gain new qualifications, strengthen social skills, and above all, enjoy their sport.

I’m delighted to see the changing pavilion now officially up and running. It will have a tremendous long-term impact on the Newcastle community, which is close to my heart having spent my formative years here. Finally, I’d like to thank the school for inviting me to open this tip-top grassroots facility.”  

Tracey Caffrey, Head Teacher of St John’s Primary School, said: “Thank you to Lord Pendry for officially opening our new pavilion. The Turf @ St John’s has already proven to be an excellent community resource and now with the support of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, as well as the Reece group and Newcastle City Council, we are able to increase our sporting provision even further. We look forward to welcoming the community to our fantastic new pavilion.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

Notes to Editors

  • 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.

 


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“This changing pavilion is brilliant, and certainly a marked difference from when I used to play football! These types of facilities are absolutely vital in providing safe and accessible changing provision for local schools, clubs and community groups right across the country, and this one at St John’s Primary School certainly fits the bill.

Lord Pendry, Football Foundation President

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