Date published: 11/03/2013
Getting changed in old, rusty shipping containers will soon be a thing of the past for players at Thornes Juniors FC, following the news that the club has received a grant of £148,885 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Thornes Juniors FC to build a brand new community clubhouse that will help develop and sustain the club, which was founded in 1990. The club now has over 260 members, a figure that is rising all the time, with nearly 20 teams from the age of six upwards, including a girls section.
Players at the club currently have to use a number of shipping containers as changing facilities. The funding for the new pavilion, which will comprise of: two new changing areas, an officials changing area, new showers, toilets, cooking facilities and a large social area, will provide a welcome boost to club members as well as grassroots sport in Wakefield.
Thornes Juniors FC is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who have worked enthusiastically with the West Riding FA, the Football Foundation and others to ensure the progression of the project.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the 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 £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m. Across West Riding, the Football Foundation has awarded 128 grants worth £14.6m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £30m.
Chris Davies, Thornes Juniors FC’s Fundraising Officer, said: “This club has worked tirelessly for many years to secure funding for this new clubhouse. Without the help, guidance and funding from the Football Foundation this project would not have happened and for that the club is extremely grateful to all concerned.
“It is really good to see these grants in action and it gives a major boost not only to our club but to football in the area in general. I hope that the good work of Football Foundation – and their funding partners – will be seen by many and will inspire others to achieve their goal.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“Thornes Juniors FC has been extremely energetic and has worked tirelessly in partnership with the West Riding FA to secure this funding, and I am thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with this substantial Football Foundation grant.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this one in Wakefield and right across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, The FA, the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”
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