CB Hounslow Sports Club is set to start work on a new state-of-the-art multi-sport community facility after receiving a £100,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund.
When finished, the stunning £1.4m project will bring five disused pitches, including a floodlit pitch for partner club CB Hounslow United FC, back to use. A new changing pavilion which comprises six changing rooms, a physiotherapy room, a function suite and full catering facilities, will also be built. Additionally, road access will be improved and a 77-space car park created.
The project had already secured funding worth £622,401 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund and £100,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
As part of the club’s ambition to become the leading community sports organisation in Hounslow, the upgrade also includes areas for archery and a perimeter track for cycling and running groups, giving the club the opportunity to increase its membership for these sports by over 150 people. Currently, the local community have to travel far outside of their neighbourhood to access facilities of a similar standard.
These new facilities will provide the local community with a sports hub to help encourage participation and active lifestyles, with a specific focus on football. The club will work closely with Beavers Community Primary School to increase the number of teams at the club from 30 to 37, with a particular emphasis on new women’s and girls’ teams as well as a side for those with disabilities. Female football participation, across all ages, is expected to increase, on average, by 388% over the next five years.
The club worked in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure the £622,401 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 109 grants worth £15.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £48.4m across the whole of Middlesex.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League and 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 13,000 grants worth more than £500m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £700m – over £1.2bn 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.
The Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund is part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the Fund, which is managed on the Mayor’s behalf by the Football Foundation, is to increase participation levels in sport in London through the funding of affordable, good quality facilities within local communities in every London borough.
Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Frank James, Club Chairman of CB Hounslow Sports Club, commented: “The club is tremendously grateful for the support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, the London Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund and Football Stadia Improvement Fund. It is a massive boost for the club and we will bring disused playing fields back into use to improve grass roots sport and help us develop as a community sports club for all ages and abilities.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I am delighted that CB Hounslow Sports Club will now be able to start work on this exciting project. We want to help clubs to improve their facilities, so even more Londoners get the chance to get active and participate in sport. This is exactly the sort of project that will help us achieve that goal.”
Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, commented: “I was delighted to be present at CB Hounslow Sports Club to celebrate the final funding they need to build a new multi-sport community facility. Good recreational facilities are essential in improving the health and well-being of communities and providing opportunities for young and old to participate in sport. I’d like to congratulate CB Hounslow Sports Club for their hard work and thank the Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and the FSIF for their investment into Hounslow.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that the FSIF has been able to provide funding towards this outstanding project. The enormous impact that the new facilities in Hounslow will have on the local community and beyond is a brilliant example of how the Premier League is putting money back into the grassroots. I’d like to congratulate CB Hounslow Sports Club and other funders for their tireless efforts in making this project a reality.”
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 multi-sports facility 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 Middlesex FA, CB Hounslow Sports Club deserve 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.”
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