£16,000 grant for security fencing and improved changing facilities in the North Sefton area will boost grassroots football
A grant of £8,000 was given to The Southport & District Amateur Football League(S&DL) and the Sefton Managing Agent for Pitches for improving the security and uplift of changing facilities in the Southport & Formby area. Thanks go to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provide grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The grant, with a matched amount of £8,000 from The S&DL and the Sefton Managing Agent for Pitches, has enabled them to erect security fencing around three of its changing facilities within the area. Four changing rooms have also benefitted from the grant with refurbishment of both the interior and exterior of the buildings. The changing rooms, which are used each Saturday and Sunday during the football season by both Adults and Juniors, were in need of some TLC to make them weatherproof and secure. The security fencing was erected to stop vandalism after a spate of damage to buildings. It also ensures that the buildings look aesthetically more pleasing in the parks where they are situated. The refurbishments consist of repainting the rooms and also fitting electric showers following removal of the boilers due to the high cost of heating the water.
The S&DL and Sefton Managing Agent for Pitches worked in partnership with the Liverpool County FA to secure the £8,000 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 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the 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.
Dave Pinder, League Secretary of the S&DL, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant has helped to improve the facilities for both Adult & Junior footballers in the Sefton area. Players will enjoy better facilities and a more secure environment which will hopefully encourage more players to take up the 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 The Southport & District Amateur Football League and Sefton Managing Agent for Pitches to make necessary improvements to the buildings and security of them. This development will provide a real boost to football in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, 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.”
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