Date published: 04/09/2015
A £679,672 changing facility was officially opened in Bournville recently (Monday 31 August 2015) by Nigel Cadbury, Bourneville Village Trust Trustee, thanks to a £492,444 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
This grant has enabled Rowheath Pavilion to provide modern facilities to the 30 football teams that play at the site, and support the ever growing uptake of football. The grant is a cornerstone in the reestablishment of Rowheath as a modern sporting facility.
The original changing facilities at Rowheath Pavilion were built in 1924 and were no longer fit for purpose. However this new pavilion, which comprises six changing rooms, officials’ rooms, disabled access shower/toilet facilities and plant storage, will now service five full-size real grass football pitches, one junior pitch and three Mini Soccer pitches.
Rowheath worked in partnership with the Birmingham FA, Bournville Village Trust, Bournville Architects and Birmingham City Council to secure a £492,444 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 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 321 grants worth £21.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £54.8m across the whole of Birmingham.
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.
Andrew Dyson, Secretary, Crusaders Football Club, who play at Rowheath, said: “I would like to thank Mr Nigel Cadbury for opening these brand new changing rooms and must praise the efforts of all those involved from the original concept through to completion of the project.
“We must thank the Football Association and Birmingham FA for their guidance and foresight to select Rowheath as a potential area for growth. We must also pay gratitude to all of our funders who generously contributed to this scheme, especially the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund who donated the majority of the money.
“This impressive building will provide a safe, clean environment for all our users and assist in the continued development of grass roots football in the area. This new facility is the first phase of a development that we hope will secure the future of Rowheath in hosting top quality multi-sport events for generations to come."
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 changing 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 Birmingham FA, Rowheath Pavilion deserves 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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