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All change in Wakefield as Standbridge Community Centre unveil £100,000 facility upgrade

All change in Wakefield as Standbridge Community Centre unveil £100,000 facility upgrade

The official opening of Standbridge Community Centre's improved changing rooms.

Standbridge Community Centre officially opened their new £100,000 changing room facilities recently (Friday 4 December), 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. 

The grant has enabled the centre to provide two team changing rooms and two officials’ changing rooms, which will be used by a range of community groups and local grassroots sides like AFC Kettlethorpe, who play in Division Two of the Wakefield Saturday League. The upgraded facility meets ground grading criteria, which will allow the club 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.

The project also received £50,000 from the Biffa Award Scheme, which awards grants to projects that provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation.

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that funding from the Premier League, through the FSIF, has allowed Standbridge Community Centre. Players and officials can now change in a safe and comfortable environment and this will help local clubs to grow in size and strength over the coming seasons. I wish them all the best for the future.”

Monica Graham, Trustee, said: “Thanks to the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the Standbridge Centre can offer local teams a very high standard facility of secure changing rooms to facilitate their progress in the league, and encourage new junior soccer teams to be formed, meeting the needs of the community in terms of healthy activities, preventing anti-social behaviour and reducing crime.”

Andrew Wadsworth, Facilities and Investment Manager, West Riding County FA, said: “The new changing facilities at Standbridge Community Centre will be an excellent resource for both AFC Kettlethorpe and the local community. The Community Centre members have worked very hard to make this happen and via funding from the Premier League through the FSIF, now have access to truly first class changing facilities. As well as providing a much better environment for all its users, the new facility will mean the club would now meet ground grading requirements should they progress to the next level within the National League System.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Monica Graham on 01924 258 214 or
mgraham@wakefield.gov.uk
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or
alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk

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"The Community Centre members have worked very hard to make this happen and via funding from the Premier League through the FSIF, now have access to truly first class changing facilities."

Andrew Wadsworth, Facilities and Investment Manager, West Riding County FA. 

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