Date published: 19/08/2014
On Sunday, Hambledon FC’s new £156,335 state-of-the-art changing pavilion was officially opened by Caroline McRoyall, Chief Executive of the Surrey FA, thanks to a £99,999 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The new changing pavilion contains two dual-gender changing rooms, an official’s room, and a multi-functional clubroom with kitchen facilities. The poor condition of the previous changing facilities had prevented the club from moving up the National League System and from offering opportunities for women’s and disabled football.
The new changing room pavilion has allowed Hambledon FC to compete at the highest level in their 108-year history while enabling the club to offer broader football opportunities to the local community. The club aims to sustain its current three adult teams whilst also introducing an Under-18 team and a womens’ team over the coming years. In addition, Hambledon will enhance their links with local youth club Milford Pumas by providing a base for their weekly Under-8 Mini-Soccer coaching session.
The new facilities will provide a new sporting focus for the people of Hambledon and the surrounding area. The club aims to broaden its remit to other sports such as table tennis, yoga and exercise classes within the indoor multi-functional area. A number of other local community groups have already shown an interest in using the new pavilion for a variety of different activities.
The club worked in partnership with the Surrey FA to secure a £99,999 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
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. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £651m – over £1bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 135 grants worth £10.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £22m across the whole of Surrey.
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.
Matt Kiley, Club Secretary, said: “The grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is a massive boost to the club and the surrounding area. This new facility will leave a lasting legacy and enable the club to offer a safe and fun environment for local people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “The Football Foundation is responsible for managing and delivering the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. This outstanding new clubhouse is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.
“Aided by the Surrey FA, Hambledon FC deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using funding provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active.”
For more information contact:
• Matt Kiley on 07557479349 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or Bradley.email@example.com