Date published: 26/01/2015
Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, was on hand to present Lewes Community Football Club with a Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund cheque for £235,139, which will allow the club to build a new state-of-the-art floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).
The proposed new 3G AGP will replace an existing real grass pitch, which was prone to waterlogging. Also, as part of the works, a path will be constructed to link the new 3G pitch to Lewes’ Dripping Pan Stadium, which is only a short walk away. The pitch will enhance the club’s long term financial situation and allow them to deliver several community initiatives.
The 3G pitch is to be utilized by all the club’s teams including the Men’s First Team, Under-18s and Academy, Women’s First Team, disability team, their partner junior football clubs and schools for community activities.
Lewes Community FC worked in partnership with the Sussex County FA to secure the significant £235,139 grant award from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government through Sport England and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £513m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £730m – a total of over £1.2 billion worth of grassroots investment.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 105 grants worth £4.5 million towards grassroots sports projects worth over £9.5 million across the whole of Sussex.
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.
Norman Baker MP said: “I am delighted to present this cheque to Lewes Community Football Club, a club that I have supported for some time. I’ve seen just how hard members of the club have worked, alongside Sussex FA, to get the project to this stage. This facility, once complete, will be of fantastic benefit to both the club and local community future years and I’d like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their significant investment into Lewes.”
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. When finished, this community facility will be 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 Sussex FA, Lewes Community FC deserve huge credit for securing the necessary funding to deliver this project, using money from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. It is also great to see local MP Norman Baker supporting the growth of the grassroots game in Lewes and thank him for presenting the cheque to Lewes Community FC on behalf of the Foundation.”
Charlie Dobres, Board Director at Lewes CFC said: “This new 3G facility has been two years in the planning. We've had lots of support along the way but could not have delivered on the project without the support of the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This will be a facility for the whole of Lewes, for every man, woman and child and we are creating a comprehensive programme of use to make that possible.”
For more information contact:
• Charles Dobres at Lewes Community FC on firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dan Bermingham-Shaw on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4274 or email@example.com