Fareham Borough Council has received a grant of £230,649 from the Football Foundation towards the cost of building new changing rooms at Wicor Recreation Ground, Portchester. This represents one third of the total cost with the remaining £500,000 being provided by Fareham Borough Council.
The funding, from the country's largest sport charity, will allow the Council to demolish the existing changing rooms and build new, modern changing rooms to serve the football pitches at Wicor. When completed, the new facilities will be managed in partnership with AFC Portchester whose support has been essential in securing this grant.
The new sports pavilion will include six team changing rooms, two officials changing rooms and toilets for spectators. 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 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Connie Hockley said: "I'm really pleased that the Football Foundation has been able to support this much needed project which will provide both a new changing facility and allow the Council to implement its Football Development Plan for the area.
"This project is the result of excellent partnership working with both the Football Foundation and the local football club, AFC Portchester and will be the second major community facility provided for the Portchester residents in 2012, following the recent commencement of work on the new Portchester Community Centre"
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "I commend Fareham Borough Council and the Hampshire County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future. This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer. The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport."
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing in Fareham and all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases