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Sherburn Thrilled With New 210,000 Sporting Facility

Wed 30th Apr 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, officially opened a new community sports club on behalf of Sherburn Playing Fields Association at the weekend.

The new facility, which will provide a welcome boost to grassroots sport in the area, was funded by £94,725 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

Sherburn Community and Sports Club comprises: two state-of-the-art team changing rooms and two officials’ changing facilities built to Football Association standard, fully accessible spectator WCs, a kitchen, and a spacious community area with spectacular views across the Yorkshire Wolds.

The new facility will be particularly well received given the existing provisions are inadequate to cope with the considerable demand already placed on the site.

Set to benefit from the new facility are local football clubs Pheonix JFC, Pickering JFC and Scarborough Ladies FC. Members of the wider community will also benefit from the wide range of sports and social activities the site is now able to offer.

Sherburn Playing Field Association worked in partnership with the East Riding FA to secure a £94,725 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards to £210,380 project.

Barry Dobson, Sherburn Community and Sports Club Project Manager, said: "It has been a long three years since the proposal to build a new sports club. Without the help of our funders – the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Sport England, Yorventure, Kingspan, Ryedale District Council and the late Mr Aubrey Church, of Sherburn – the construction of this project would not have gone ahead. Now complete, it is one of the best facilities in the region! 

“I am looking forward to the next stage of the development where we see a wide range of activities made available, both sporting and social, to all the residents of Sherburn and the surrounding area."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “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 outstanding sports club 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 East Riding FA, Sherburn Playing Field Association deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using this 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.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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