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All change in Capenhurst as Manchester City manager opens new football facility

All change in Capenhurst as Manchester City manager opens new football facility

Capenhurst Villa open new changing rooms

Nick Cushing, Manager of Manchester City Women FC since November 2013, cut the ribbon at Capenhurst Villa FC’s improved changing room facilities recently (Saturday 19 September 2015), thanks to a £20,000 grant from Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled Capenhurst to make vital improvements to their existing changing pavilion, which had previously failed to provide the required changing facilities for clubs in the West Cheshire League. Villa were recently promoted to this division, which is at Step 7 of the football pyramid.

Paul Kelsall, Head of Participation and Development, Cheshire County FA, also attended the opening of the new facilities, which now provide two team changing rooms, two officials’ changing areas, a small kitchen and spectator toilet facilities. 

Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

John McHugh, Chairman of Capenhurst Villa FC, said: “This FSIF grant has without doubt secured Capenhurst Villa’s future in Step 7 National League system and has given the club the foundation base and new ownership to keep moving forward.”

Nick Cushing, Manager, Manchester City Women Football Club, said: “It’s great to see money from the top of the game being invested into supporting the growth of amateur clubs. The Premier League, through the FSIF, is working to provide clubs with facilities that get more people playing football which supports the growth and development clubs throughout the National Football League system. Everyone involved at the project deserves huge credit for making these much-needed improvements at Capenhurst Villa FC.”

Paul Kelsall, Head of Participation and Development, Cheshire County FA, said: “I was delighted to officially open Capenhurst Villa FC’s much-improved changing facilities. Having safe and comfortable changing provisions is so important to the game of football, and it is clear that the club will relish these improvements. Thanks must go to the Premier League, through the FSIF, for this grant. Without FSIF funding, this project in Cheshire would not have been made possible. I wish the club all the best for the season.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “These improved changing room facilities at Capenhurst Villa FC highlight the commitment that the Premier League has to supporting clubs at all levels of the National League System. The club will benefit significantly from this funding and I look forward to watching the club go from strength to strength in the coming seasons.”

ENDS 

For more information, please contact:
- John McHugh on 07501 722 231 or john@ltg.uk.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“It’s great to see money from the top of the game being invested into supporting the growth of amateur clubs."

Nick Cushing, Manager, Manchester City Women Football Club

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