Date published: 17/09/2012
Spikes Bridge Park in Southall, Ealing, has received a significant boost today after receiving a £90,000 grant from the Football Foundation.
The funding will go towards building a new sports pavilion at Spikes Bridge Park, which will house changing rooms, lockers and a community space. It will provide space for a clubhouse for local sports charity and football club, the London Tigers, as well as a venue for Southall Community Alliance – a local community group – to deliver courses, information evenings and social events.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA and government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420million towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of more than £520million.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from the Football Foundation, which will help us transform the facilities into a fantastic venue for grassroots sport in Southall. I hope the redevelopments will encourage more local people to get involved in sport in their community, especially in the legacy of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Ealing Council, London Tigers and Southall Community Alliance for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
The project has already benefited from £545,000 of other external funding, as well as £300,000 from the council. The redevelopments will also include an upgrade of all playing fields at the park, a new artificial-turf football pitch and new cricket training facilities.
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing in Ealing andall over the country, visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk
Notes for editors
- Ealing Council has five top priorities: securing public services, making Ealing cleaner, securing jobs and homes, making Ealing safer and delivering value for money.
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