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Government Chief Whip opens new grassroots facility in Hampshire

Government Chief Whip opens new grassroots facility in Hampshire

Date published: 21/01/2013
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The Rt Hon Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, officially opened a new sports pavilion, funded by the Football Foundation, in Hampshire last week.

The opening of the Ken Hogan Pavilion at Berrydown, Overton, was made possible thanks to a £278,291 grant from the Football Foundation alongside significant contributions from the borough and parish councils, Sport England and local sports charity, Overton Recreation Centre (ORC), who will manage its operation.

The new facility will allow the ten-acre site to be optimised for football, cricket and athleticswith an emphasis on youth development. The building is named after the late chairman of the ORC sports charity, whose initial drive and inspiration made the project possible after more than 15 years of trying.

The pavilion comprises four team changing rooms each with showers, two changing rooms for officials, a function hall and a kitchen.

The ORC worked in partnership with the Hampshire FA to secure the £278,291 grant from the Football Foundation. 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 Rt Hon Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire and government Chief Whip, said: “The Football Foundation and other bodies involved with this project have generously supported a community that is recognised as loving its sport.

“I would like to congratulate the Overton Recreation Centre for their efforts and thank the Football Foundation for supporting grassroots sport in Hampshire.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Hampshire FA, Overton Recreation Centre has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.

“This project in Overton is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”

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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“The Football Foundation and other bodies involved with this project have generously supported a community that is recognised as loving its sport." 

The Rt Hon Sir George Young

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