Date published: 07/07/2014
A new state-of-the-art £730,000 changing room pavilion has opened in Oxford. The Grandpont Pavilion, which will provide a home for Hinksey Park Football Club, was made possible thanks to a £99,508 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The new pavilion comprises: two changing rooms, an officials’ room, kitchen area and community room. All this will enable Hinksey Park FC to grow participation within their club by increasing the number of teams, including the development of a girls’ team and a senior team.
Oxford City Council and Hinksey Park FC worked in partnership with the Oxfordshire County FA to secure a £99,508 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, with the remaining funding coming from Oxford City Council.
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 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £651m – over £1bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation has worked with the Oxfordshire County FA on 81 grassroots projects, meaning that the region has benefitted from £4.4m worth of its Funding Partners’ investment. The Foundation has used this to leverage a further £11.5m in partnership funding, thus maximising the investment into the country’s 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.
Jim Smith, Chairman at Hinksey Park FC, said: “I am delighted to see the official opening of the brand new Grandpont Pavilion. It will be a fantastic facility for the community and will enable Hinksey Park FC to increase participation in grass roots sport. The project has been a real partnership approach and would have not been possible without Oxford City Council and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive, Football Foundation, said: “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 outstanding pavilion 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 Oxfordshire FA, Oxford City Council and Hinksey Park FC deserve huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using this 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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