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New £160,000 sports pavilion opens in Norwich to boost grassroots football

New £160,000 sports pavilion opens in Norwich to boost grassroots football

Date published: 15/02/2016
Guests outside the new pavilion at Sprowston Recreation Ground
Ian Moncur, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council (far right) is joined by Ken Leggett, Chairman of Broadland District Council; Michael Banham, Chairman of Norfolk County FA; Architects Graham Sibley and Steve Jolly of Gill & Son along with members of Sprowston Wanderers FC and June Hunt, Town Clerk to Sprowston Town Council at the opening of the new pavilion.

Sprowston Town Council officially opened their new £159,011 changing pavilion at Sprowston Recreation Ground recently (Friday 12 February 2016), thanks to a £70,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.

The grant has enabled Sprowston Town Council to refurbish and extend the previous pavilion, which now includes four team changing rooms complete with toilet and shower facilities, two officials’ rooms with en-suite facilities, a social area, kitchen space and spectator toilet facilities.

This new facility will be used by local community partner clubs, such as Sprowston FC, who predict a rise in junior teams from seven to 13 as a result of this funding. The side also plan to double their girls’ teams from three to six.

Sprowston Town Council worked in partnership with the Norfolk FA to secure the £70,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

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 14,000 grants worth more than £546m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £773m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 174 grants worth £7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £15.6m across the whole of Norfolk.

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.

Shaun Turner, Chief Executive, Norfolk County FA, said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening of Sprowston Recreation Ground’s new changing room pavilion extension. The facilities will make a huge difference to the experiences of players at all the clubs which use the facility, ensuring they can now prepare for matches and training sessions in a safe and comfortable environment.

“The funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is a great example of the Football Foundation’s commitment to improving grassroots facilities up and down the country. I look forward to seeing football at Sprowston Recreation Ground go from strength to strength as a result of this funding.”

Ian Moncur, Chairman of Sprowston Town Council, said: “Bringing more sports facilities to Sprowston has been a long aim of mine and having grown up locally I am particularly aware of the need for these additional amenities. It gives me great pleasure in officially opening this facility and would like to thank our sponsors the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund through the Football Foundation and Veolia.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Sprowston Town Council to upgrade the changing pavilion at Sprowston Recreation Ground.  This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports. 

“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Norwich is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love if it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- June Hunt, Town Clerk, Sprowston Town Council, on 01603 408 063 or townclerk@sprowston-tc.gov.uk
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“The funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is a great example of the Football Foundation’s commitment to improving grassroots facilities up and down the country."

Shaun Turner, Chief Executive, Norfolk FA

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