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All change in Burton as Julian Smith MP attends opening of new £140,000 football pavilion

All change in Burton as Julian Smith MP attends opening of new £140,000 football pavilion

Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council and Burton United FC's new changing facilities

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, attended the official opening of Burton United FC and Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council’s new £130,900 changing facilities recently (Saturday 10 October). The project was made possible thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country. Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund also awarded £50,000 towards the project.

The funding has enabled the club and council to build a new two-team changing pavilion, complete with one officials’ changing room, showers and toilet facilities. There are also disabled access toilets, a large clubroom and storage space.

Prior to funding, there was a temporary portable building providing toilet facilities and a kitchen. On match days the officials changed in the female toilets, the visiting team used the kitchen, and the home team arrived already changed! 

Burton United FC, who play in Division Four of the North Lancashire and District Football League, now meet ground grading requirements that will allow them to progress to the next level of 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.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: "At the weekend I attended the official opening of Burton United FC and Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council’s new pavilion. I was delighted to attend the opening and I would like to pay tribute to the committee for all their incredible work in delivering this excellent facility to the village.

"It will be a great addition to Burton in Lonsdale's sporting facilities. The funding has enabled the club and council to build a new two-team changing pavilion, complete with one officials’ changing room, showers and toilet facilities. There are also disabled access toilets, a large clubroom and storage space.

"It is very exciting for Burton United FC, who play in Division Four of the North Lancashire and District Football League, that the new pavilion enables them to meet ground grading requirements that will allow them to progress to the next level of the football pyramid. I wish them every success for the future!"

Ian Thompson, Chairman of Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council: said: "This grant from the FSIF was crucial in completing the funding for our new sport pavilion. It meets the quality standard required by the Football Association and also acts as a social facility where we can entertain visiting sports teams or hold village events." 

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: "The new pavilion at Burton in Lonsdale is a prime example of how the Premier League injects money into the grassroots levels of the game.

"The new facilities will provide a safe and comfortable environment for players and officials to prepare for matches and training sessions, and will also allow the club to progress to the next level of the football pyramid. It is also great to see Julian Smith MP supporting this investment in his constituency. I wish the club all the best for the future."

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Ian Thompson on 07817 902 492 or ianrt2003@hotmail.com
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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"The new pavilion enables the club to meet ground grading requirements that will allow them to progress to the next level of the football pyramid. I wish them every success for the future!"

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton & Ripon

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