Olympian, Louis Smith and Peterborough United’s Barry Fry open £2.45m community sport facilities
Date published: 29/10/2012
Double Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star, Louis Smith, and Peterborough United’s Barry Fry have officially opened a new leisure centre and artificial grass pitch (AGP) to give grassroots sport in Cambridgeshire a significant boost.
Fenland District Council worked in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire FA, Chatteris Town Council, Cromwell Community College and the Football Foundation to bring the project to fruition.
The leisure centre, which cost £1.25m to build, comprises a 50-station, state-of-the-art gym and dance studio for fitness classes. The AGP, which cost a further £1.2 million, was made possible thanks in part to the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, contributing £370,000.
Barry Fry, Director of Football at Peterborough United, said: "The more pitches we get like this, which encourage our young players to develop at an early age, the better standard of player we will create. This is exactly the sort of facility we need for the development of football in this country."
Louis Smith, double Olympic medalist, said: "The facilities and equipment in the centre are brilliant and much more advanced than I was used to when I was younger.”
Councillor Pop Jolley, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for leisure, said: “About 130 people have already signed up for membership at the centre, which shows the big demand that exists in the area, and we’re sure that will grow over the coming months.”
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. Numerous organisations and individuals have worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for their endeavours.
“This project in Chatteris is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. 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, without which none of this would be possible.”
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For more information contact:
Fenland District Councilon 01354 622226
Harriet Drudge on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org