Graham Taylor Unveils New Lincolnshire Community Pavilion
Tue 22nd Oct 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Former England manager Graham Taylor OBE, returned to Lincolnshire to officially open a new community pavilion yesterday (21st Oct), financed by a £312,736 grant from the Football Foundation – the sports charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England).
The new facility, Winterton Community Pavilion, consists of four changing rooms with showers, a referee’s room, a medical room, a large storage area in addition to a community room, a cloakroom and a modern kitchen.
The site is owned by Winterton Town Council who, for the past eight years, have been raising money to match the Football Foundation’s investment.
Winterton Town Council, the Winterton Playing Field Association and Dale Park Junior Football Club worked in partnership with the Lincolnshire FA to secure the Foundation’s £312,000 grant.
Graham Taylor said: “What a great event. Today’s opening was particularly special to me because I have many happy memories from this area. I know how much football means to people in these parts, and this new site will enable a new generation to enjoy the game as much as I did. I’m just envious that this sort of bespoke space for football did not exist when I was a young lad!
“I always say the quality of facilities at the grassroots level has a direct impact on quality of player we can produce. The formula is simple; more investment in grassroots facilities equals a better pool of potential England players. The Football Foundation is continuing to invest at the grassroots level of the nation’s game and long may that continue.”
Don Johnson, a local Councillor and Chairman of the fundraising team, said: “Today marks the end of years of hard work to realise this dream, but the beginning of a new era for grassroots football in Lincolnshire. I would like to place on record our most sincere thanks to the Football Foundation for their generous investment, without which we would not be stood on site today.
“This facility will bring new opportunities to the Winterton area for years to come. Specifically, Dale Park Junior FC, who cater for boys and girls from the age of three up to 17, can call this home and grow as a club.”
Rob King, County Development Manager at the Lincolnshire FA, said: “Thanks to the Football Foundation’s investment, Dale Park Youth FC now has a fantastic home to develop their club from. On behalf of the Lincolnshire FA I’d like to place on record our thanks to all the key partners involved in the project. Without their hard work, dedication and generosity the project wouldn’t have reached its full potential.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Firstly, I would like to place on record my thanks to Graham Taylor for taking time out to open this wonderful new facility. Since 2000, across Lincolnshire, the Football Foundation has awarded 101 grants worth £9,585,664 towards grassroots sports projects worth £25,440,393, just like the one in Winterton.
“It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Lincolnshire FA, Winterton Town Council, the Winterton Playing Field Association and Dale Park Junior Football Club have all worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition.
“Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their continued financial support.”
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 9,600 grants worth more than £412m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £565m.
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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