Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, marked the official opening of the new £340,000 third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at Field Lane Sports Centre recently (Saturday 5 December 2015). The project was made possible thanks to a £152,080 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The new facility was brought to fruition thanks to the West Selby Miners Welfare Scheme in partnership with Thorpe Willoughby Sports Association. Sport England also contributed £75,000 towards the project.
This funding has provided a new 61m x 43m floodlit 3G AGP, which replaces an old sand-dressed AGP. The new facility will be used predominantly by local side Thorpe United FC, a FA Community Standard Club with 16 teams ranging from Under-8 to veterans. Thorpe United FC hope to add an Under-21 team and expand their disability team as a result of the grant.
Funding has also come from Thorpe Willoughby Cricket Club and Selby Hockey Club, who have supported the development throughout. The cricket team plays football on the pitch, and as Selby Hockey Club expand, there is opportunity for them to carry out training on site.
West Selby Miners Welfare Scheme in partnership with Thorpe Willoughby Sports Association worked with the West Riding County FA (the club’s County FA) to secure a £152,080 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 14,000 grants worth more than £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 397 grants worth £18mtowards grassroots sports projects worth over £36m across the whole of West Riding.
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.
Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, said: “I was delighted to officially open the fantastic new 3G pitch in Thorpe Willoughby. The site will provide a range of multi-sport activities for the local clubs and community to use.
“I am pleased to see this development in my constituency, and the facilities funding invested by the Football Foundation is so important to the participation levels of sport in the region, which will keep the community fit and healthy. I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength over the coming years.”
Hannah Simpson, CEO of West Riding County FA, said: “I am so pleased that this project has been completed in Selby. Clearly, Thorpe United will benefit hugely from the new 3G AGP, however so will many more people from the local community. Access to a state of the art facility such as this will hopefully encourage more people to get involved in football on a much more regular basis. For us, it is really important to recognise and celebrate the continued positive impact of funding from the Premier League, The FA, and the Government at grassroots level.”
Ross Powell, Project Manager, West Selby Miners Welfare Scheme, said: “Thank you to Nigel Adams MP for officially opening our new 3G AGP. This amazing facility has only been made possible with the fantastic support of our funders, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Sport England, The Southern Community Engagement Forum, The Yorkshire Miners’ Welfare Trust Fund, Thorpe Willoughby Parish Council, Thorpe Willoughby Sports Association, Thorpe United Football Club, Selby Hockey Club, and Thorpe Willoughby Cricket Club.
“This facility will enable all ages in the local community to continue to participate in organised sport on a state of the art facility for generations to come.”
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 West Selby Miners Welfare Scheme in partnership with Thorpe Willoughby Sports Association to upgrade to a new 3G pitch. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area. It is great to see local MP, Nigel Adams, supporting the project too.
“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. This latest project in Thorpe Willoughby is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love if it and to stay healthy.”
[Story via the Football Foundation.]