Graham Taylor OBE, former England football manager and a decorated former Lincoln City player and manager, will return to the county this month to officially open a new community pavilion, funded by the Football Foundation.
The opening ceremony by Graham, who is a Football Foundation Ambassador, will take place on Monday 21 October at 2pm at Newport Drive Playing Field, Winterton, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7RG.
The new Winterton Community Pavilion consists of four changing rooms with showers, a referee’s room, a medical room, a large storage area in addition to a community room, a cloakroom and a modern kitchen. The site will create a home for several local teams, including Dale Park Junior Football Club.
The community facility, which has already taken bookings from the Winterton Disabled Club, Winterton Lions and the local bowls club, is owned by Winterton Town Council, which for the past eight years, has been raising money to match the Football Foundation’s investment.
Winterton Town Council, the Winterton Playing Field Association and Dale Park Junior Football Club worked in partnership with the Lincolnshire FA to secure a £312,736 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 9,500 grants worth more than £410m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £560m.
Since 2000, across Lincolnshire, the Football Foundation has awarded 101 grants worth £9,585,664 towards grassroots sports projects worth £25,440,393. In 2011, Graham unveiled the £3m Bradley Football Development Centre built with a £1m Football Foundation grant, and an additional £100,000 by the Foundation's partner organisation, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.
Graham Taylor said: “Not only am I looking forward to opening this facility, I am personally very proud, too. Lincolnshire is my home and I can guarantee that the local people will get maximum usage out of this wonderful new site. We love our football here!
“I’ve been a supporter of the Football Foundation for a number of years now, and that’s because I have always believed that quality facilities at the grassroots of our national game are absolutely vital. If quality facilities are available, more people will play the game, and if more people play the game we will produce a greater number of future professionals.”
Don Johnson, a local Councillor and Chairman of the fundraising team, said: “This facility will serve the Winterton area for many years to come. From the planning stage through to the finished building, the project has been fully supported by the local community.
“We are deeply indebted to the Football Foundation for their generous grant, without which the building could not have been built. Their investment means that the future is now secure for the Dale Park Junior FC, who cater for boys and girls from the age of three up to 17. Also, we hope that other sportsmen and women of the town will use the pavilion to revive sports such as cricket and bring new sporting opportunities to our town.”
Rob King, County Development Manager at the Lincolnshire FA, said: “Thanks to the Football Foundation’s investment, Dale Park Youth FC now has a fantastic base from which to progress their club from. Everyone at the Lincolnshire FA is delighted for all the partners who worked so hard to actualise this project; they should all be delighted with their efforts.”
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 Lincolnshire FA, Winterton Town Council, the Winterton Playing Field Association and Dale Park Junior Football Club have worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition, and they all deserve great credit for their endeavours.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Graham Taylor for agreeing to open this facility. The fact that someone of Graham’s status has agreed to open the site says everything about the quality of the facility. 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.”
For more information contact:
· Don Johnson on 0172 473 2698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Niall Malone on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4275 or email@example.com