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New Bridlington sports hub looking Sharpe after former United star stops by

New Bridlington sports hub looking Sharpe after former United star stops by

Date published: 16/08/2017
New sports hub in Bridlington looking Sharpe after former United star stops by

Lee Sharpe, former Manchester United FC winger, officially unveiled East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Club for Younger People’s (BCYP) new community sports hub recently (Saturday 5 August). The sports hub includes a new all-weather pitch and improved changing pavilion, made possible by a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 

The grant has enabled the Council and BCYP to replace an existing grass pitch with a state-of-the-art new all-weather surface, which the local area had been lacking. The funding has also helped to refurbish the existing changing provision at the site to include: two new changing rooms; an officials’ changing room and spectator toilets. 

The third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) and refurbished changing pavilion, part of the new hub which also includes a boxing gym and café, will be used by partner clubs Burlington Jackdaws JFC and Bridlington Rangers JFC. 

BCYP and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have worked alongside the East Riding FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation. 

It is expected that the new community sports hub will boost football participation at the site by 128%. This includes a 285% boost in participation for those between the ages of 14 and 25. Additionally, female football participation is a priority at the site and it is expected that four new girls’ sides will be introduced across both partner clubs. 

The club and the Council worked in partnership with the East Riding FA to secure a £440,167 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. 

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game. 

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 198 grants worth £9.8m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £44.4m across the whole of East Riding

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. 

Jared Jones, Sports Facilities Manager, said: “We have a first class football facility in Bridlington, which will enable so many players and teams to benefit from playing all-year-round. The club would like to thank all partners involved, including the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The new facility will have such a positive impact on grassroots sport.” 

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 BCYP and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to open their new community sports hub. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area. My thanks go to Lee Sharpe for taking the time to officially unveil the facility. 

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn, 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 Bridlington 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 of it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Jared Jones on 01262 609 788 or at info@bridlingtoncyp.org 
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or at sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“We have a first class football facility in Bridlington, which will enable so many players and teams to benefit from playing all-year-round. The new facility will have such a positive impact on grassroots sport.”- Jared Jones, Sports Facilities Manager

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