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Grassroots projects get £7m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Grassroots projects get £7m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Date published: 07/10/2014
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Football and government partnership boosts football in communities across the country

The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £7 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This will support 88 grassroots facility projects across the country, worth £31 million. This is the second tranche of funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, following a £5.8m investment into 67 projects in June.

The investment will help develop new sports facilities, such as floodlit third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs) and modern changing rooms, right across the country (see Notes to Editors for full list of grant awards.)

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 facilities help 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 trust outreach work.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities, said: “This investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government is going to make a huge difference to community sport up and down the country. The state-of-the-art 3G pitches will encourage greater participation all-year round as well as help develop the next generation of talent.”

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “Through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, the Premier League continues to invest in grassroots football and in doing so lays the foundations for the future development of football in England. Our commitment to the grassroots game is unprecedented and unparalleled‎ with hundreds of millions of pounds being invested by us into the game which benefits communities across the county.

“Thanks to the outreach work of professional clubs, not only do the facilities help to improve the experience of grassroots football, but they also promote good health, educational opportunities and social cohesion. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get themselves involved in the game, and with professional clubs, schools and casual players enjoying the excellent facilities the Premier League helps fund, we will achieve that aim.”

Alex Horne, General Secretary of The FA, said: “The investment by The FA through the Football Foundation continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country. This latest tranche of funding presents even more opportunities to boost grassroots and deliver a highly efficient investment programme into facilities across the country.”

Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “I’m really pleased that once again so many great grassroots projects are benefitting from this Fund. We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities to play on and this Fund is really helping do that. By ensuring good quality facilities are available in local communities across the country we’re not only improving the sporting experience of existing players, we’re also helping attract new ones.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation – the charity that delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund – said: “The role of the Football Foundation is to ensure that this critical funding is invested into areas where it will have the greatest impact in terms of supporting the grassroots game and regenerating local communities.  This investment will help to provide first-class facilities in some of the most deprived areas of the country, providing links with professional football clubs to help improve the sporting experience for local people and have a positive effect on their health in the process.”

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Notes to editors:

The 88 projects that have been awarded grants in the second round of funding for the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund are listed below:

Organisation

Project

Area

Grant value

Old Parkonians FC

New maintenance equipment & storage container

AFA

£8,500

Old Wilsonians FC

Storage containers

AFA

£4,684

Lincroft School

Portable Floodlights

Bedfordshire

£3,893

Sandhurst Town Boys & Girls FC

Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishmen

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£3,460

Wallingford Town AFC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Berkshire/Buckinghamshire

£5,400

CTC Kingshurst Academy

New 3G AGP & changing rooms

Birmingham

£492,000

King Edward V1 College

New changing rooms

Birmingham

£233,323

North Birmingham Academy

New 3G AGP

Birmingham

£443,091

Dudley Mbc

Changing pavilion

Birmingham

£9,000

Sutton United FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Birmingham

£4,150

AC Hoylake FC

Refurbished changing rooms

Cheshire

£94,429

Cheshire East Council

Refurbished changing rooms

Cheshire

£137,424

Richmond Rovers FC

Boundary fencing

Cheshire

£6,354.75

Belper Leisure Centre Limited

New AGP

Derbyshire

£207,221

Long Eaton United Fc

Clubhouse refurbishment

Derbyshire

£51,302

Long Eaton United FC

Clubhouse Refurbishment

Derbyshire

£51,302

The Axe Valley Community College

New 3G AGP

Devon

£417,550

Crowndale Recreation Association

Pitch improvement works to natural grass pitches

Devon

£9,980

Jarrow Youth FC

Container & Fencing

Durham

£8,596

Hall Road Rangers FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts and ball-stop netting

East Riding

£3,275

Hartpury College FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Gloucestershire

£978

Tuffley Rovers FC.

Pitch improvement works to natural grass pitches

Gloucestershire

£5,454

Uwe Mens Football Club Intramural FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Gloucestershire

£2,256

Active Dorset

Ball retention fencing

Hampshire

£2,372

Braishfield FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Hampshire

£10,000

Ewyas Harold Group Parish Council

Refurbished changing rooms

Herefordshire

£96,822

Bromyard  FC

Portable floodlights

Herefordshire

£7,785

Leominster Town FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Herefordshire

£1,680

Wodson Park Trust

3G AGP refurbishment

Hertfordshire

£237,163

Ware Lions Community Football Club

Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishmen

Hertfordshire

£9,450

The States Of Jersey

New 3G AGP

Jersey

£400,000

St John Centre Ltd and St John FC

Refurbished changing rooms

Jersey

£80,000

High Halden

New changing rooms

Kent

£76,330

Ide Hill FC

New changing rooms

Kent

£91,260

Eastry Ravens FC

Changing pavilion/clubhouserefurbishment

Kent

£2,300

Langho

Improvement of grass pitches

Lancashire

£54,443

Langho

Improvement of grass pitches

Lancashire

£62,016

Daisy Hill Football Club

Pitch maintenance equipment

Lancashire

£9,863

Freckleton FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Lancashire

£541

Afc Andrews

Replacement of existing unsafe goalpost

Leicester

£1,104

Saffron Dynamo FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Leicester

£8,688

Sport In Desford

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Leicester

£2,551.71

Whetstone Juniors FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Leicester

£921

Leicester City Council in partnership with Aylestone Park FC

New Floodlit 3G AGP

Leicestershire & Rutland

£524,282

Holbeach United Youth FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£2,490

Lincoln City FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Lincolnshire

£1,165

Mablethorpe Athletic Saturday FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£390

The Axholme Academy

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£2,051

Welton Parish Council

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Lincolnshire

£2,380

Job FC

Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishmen

Liverpool

£6,750

Litherland Remyca United FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Liverpool

£665

Penlake FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Liverpool

£1,866

Charlton Athletic Community Trust

New community hub building & two 3G AGP pitches

London

£500,000

Crayford Arrows Sports Club

Replacement Floodlights

London

£28,558

Teviot Rangers Junior (youth) FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

London

£6,887

Enfield Grammar School

New AGP & changing rooms

Middlesex

£499,286

Whetstone Wanderers Youth FC

New changing rooms

Middlesex

£216,724

Bulldogs FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Norfolk

£2,865

Norfolk County FA

Pitch maintenance equipment

Norfolk

£2,875

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Norfolk

£4,642

City of York Council

New changing rooms

North Riding

£322,000

Easingwold Town AFC Juniors

Ball retention fencing

North Riding

£6,250

Elmpark Juniors FC

Storage containers

North Riding

£7,543

Kader FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

North Riding

£2,500

Irchester United F.C.

New changing rooms

Northamptonshire

£99,990

Earls Barton United  FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Northamptonshire

£763

Grendon Sapphires FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Northamptonshire

£275

Kingswood Secondary Academy

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Northamptonshire

£2,380

Northampton Spencer FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Northamptonshire

£1,725

Mansfield Hosiery Mills Youth FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Nottinghamshire

£2,499

Netherthorpe School

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£2,875

New Bohemians (saturday) FC

Boundary fencing

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£10,324

Wisewood Juniors FC

Boundary fencing

Sheffield and Hallamshire

£10,000

Shifnal Town Europeans FC

Pitch improvement works

Shropshire

£4,400

Buckler's Mead Academy

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Somerset

£1,516

Staffordshire County Council

New 3G AGP & chaning rooms

Staffordshire

£342,803

Perkins Social FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Staffordshire

£3,910

Albury Eagles FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Surrey

£701

Copthorne Youth Fc

Pitch maintenance equipment

Surrey

£10,000

Selsdon Junior Fc

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Surrey

£1,137

Rastrick JFC

New changing pavilion

West Riding

£77,117

Corinthians FC

Pitch maintenance equipment

Westmorland

£2,100

Milnthorpe & District Youth FC

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Westmorland

£2,248

Wiltshire Council, Five Rivers Leisure Centre

New floodlit 3G AGP and changing room extensions

Wiltshire

£500,000

Wiltshire Council, Woolmere Farm

New AGP and changing Rooms

Wiltshire

£500,000

Leafy Lane Playing Fields Ltd

Replacement of existing unsafe goalposts

Wiltshire

£1,057

Baxter College

Pitch improvement works to AGP

Worcestershire

£1,500

Welland Junior FC

Pitch improvement works

Worcestershire

£2,000


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The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

 The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund was officially launched in October 2013 by Minister for Sport and Equalities, Helen Grant MP, Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, The FA’s General Secretary, Alex Horne, Football Foundation Chief Executive, Paul Thorogood and Charles Johnston, Sport England Director of Property. The announcement was made at the site of two third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) on the border of Southwark and Lambeth that were refurbished with a Football Foundation grant. The new Fund opened for funding applications in January 2014. 

You can find out more by visiting: www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund.


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