Grimsby Borough FC play first game at transformed venue.
Thu 25th Nov 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Bradley Football Development Centre played host to the first competitive Northern Counties East League match in seven years on Tuesday, when Grimsby Borough Football Club welcomed Scarborough Town to the transformed venue.
The facility has undergone a £3 million development and its premier pitch with the Football Foundation putting £1 million into the Bradley Football Development Centre.
An additional £100,000 was awarded by the foundation’s sister organisation, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, which funds ground development at the lower levels of the game.
A further grant of £300,000 came from The FA as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England. This specific aspect of funding has been awarded to support the sustainability of community clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high quality environment. Other funds were secured from the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, WREN and North East Lincolnshire Council.
Councillor Leanor Pidgen, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “We are very proud to be welcoming back Grimsby Borough Football Club to Bradley.
“We have an excellent facility that will be of great benefit to our players and spectators for years to come.
“We welcome everyone to come down to watch this game and we wish the club all the best of luck for its first match at this superb facility.”
Rona Simons, is the chairperson for Grimsby Borough Football Club and welcomes this big step forward, not just for the club but also for the community.
Ms Simons said: “We have looked forward to this day for seven years.
“Being at our home ground at Bradley enables us to realise our aspirations, which is obviously about having a home for the club in Grimsby but it also includes a lot of the work that we do off the pitch as well.
“By working alongside the Grimsby Institute we are able to reach out to the community in ways that we haven’t before. The Club isn’t just about the work we do for match days; it is also about involving people in our activities and building community spirit.
“I would like to thank the council, it is because of their support that we have been able to achieve our goal. We are looking forward to the club’s future now we are back at Bradley!”
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the local community in this part of Grimsby will have access to these fantastic new facilities. I commend North East Lincolnshire Council and the Lincolnshire County Football Association for their hard work in making this happen.
“Since its launch ten years ago, the Foundation has funded nearly 8,000 community sports projects across the country worth almost £1 billion. In Lincolnshire alone it has funded 192 schemes worth over £20m.”
Hugh Callaway, executive director of marketing and student recruitment, said:
"As club sponsor, we're thrilled that Grimsby Borough are finally getting the opportunity to play their first match at the Bradley Football Development Centre, which we have also partly funded.
"The team have been waiting for a long time to play this match, which is going to be a defining moment in the team's history, and we wish them all the best as they play against Scarborough Town."
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