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Walsham le Willows Sports Club open £211,000 changing room development

Walsham le Willows Sports Club open £211,000 changing room development

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Walsham le Willows Sports Club officially opened their new £211,000 changing room pavilion recently (Friday 24 June 2016), thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled the club, who play at Step 5 in the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League, to construct a new changing pavilion, comprising: two new changing rooms, an officials’ changing room (both with toilet and shower facilities) and kitchen and storage space.

Walsham Le Willows is a large FA Chartered Standard Community Club with 23 teams, whose previous changing facilities were not suitable for the number of club members. The club had been using a small pavilion with two portable cabins as additional changing space. These units were purchased by the club in 2004 with a view to using them for a couple of years.

However, the development means the club can enjoy a safe and suitable space to prepare for matches and training. The new pavilion meets the relevant Ground Grading requirements, allowing the club to continue playing at their current level, with potential to progress further through the football pyramid.

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.

Ian Campbell, Treasurer for Walsham le Willows FC, said: “It is fantastic that the Premier League through the FSIF can assist clubs such as ourselves to improve facilities and make a lasting difference for generations of sportsmen and women.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It is great to see the new changing rooms open at Walsham Le Willows Sports Club. A lot of hard work and effort has been put into making these much-needed facilities a reality. The previous portable cabins have been replaced with a purpose built pavilion comprising two new changing rooms, an officials’ changing room, kitchen, storage and toilet facilities.

“This is a key example of the Premier League’s commitment to improving grassroots facilities across the country, making them safe and more accessible for all that use them. I wish the club all the best for the future.”

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For more information contact:

- Mike Powles on 07971 613 933 or at mike.powles@btconnect.com

- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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“It is fantastic that the Premier League through the FSIF can assist clubs such as ourselves to improve facilities and make a lasting difference for generations of sportsmen and women.”

Ian Campbell - Treasurer

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