Date published: 06/09/2016
Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, presented the cheque to Hepworth United FC that will enable the club to build a brand new changing room pavilion.
Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, was in Hepworth recently (Sunday 4 September 2016), to present a £340,019 cheque to Hepworth United FC to help build a new state-of-the-art changing room pavilion. The investment came from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Hepworth United FC has been in existence for over 100 years and currently operates 20 junior and senior football teams, incorporating over 300 players. It has become an important club in the local area, with a reputation for youth development. It provides continuity for players to move into senior football and its progression to Chartered Standard Community Club status is particularly impressive given the lack of on-site facilities at its home ground.
The club predict that the new facility will help boost participation by 40% over five years with female and 14-25-year-old participation set to increase significantly. The new facility comprises: two changing rooms; two officials' changing rooms; a clubroom; kitchen and refreshment facilities; spectator toilets and storage equipment.
The club worked with the Football Foundation and Sheffield and Hallamshire FA to develop a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision for how football should be played at the site, to ensure the facility is used to its full potential.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth nearly £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
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.
Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, said: “I was delighted to be able to present this cheque to Hepworth United FC. The new changing room facility will provide much needed space in which local sportspeople can change in safety and comfort. It is fantastic to see that the club aims to increase participation in the sport with growth in the women’s and 14-25 year old demographics in particular.
“When finished, these new facilities will allow local people to enjoy being active and play football as part of a healthy lifestyle, getting healthier in the process. I wish to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities fund for their investment into this club and into my constituency.”
David Brennan, Chairman of Hepworth United FC, said: “It is fantastic news for the club to have received this investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, it will improve the quality of facilities at the club significantly and have a lasting effect on local grassroots football.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Hepworth United FC for working with the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant. A special thanks to Jason McCartney MP for presenting the cheque.
“Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 246 grants worth £15.7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £59.2m across the whole of Sheffield and Hallamshire.”
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