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England legend Shilton opens Alresford's new community and sports facilities on his 63rd birthday

England legend Shilton opens Alresford’s new community and sports facilities on his 63rd birthday

Peter Shilton OBE opens the new changing room facilities at the Alresford Pavilion and Village Hall. Alresford, Essex.

Legendary England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE officially opened new extensions to Alresford’s popular village hall and its attached sports pavilion, built with the help of a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

England’s most capped player ever, Shilton opened the building in Essex located on Ford Lane, Alresford on his 63rd birthday. The pavilion has been at the heart of the community since it was built in the 1930s. It provides a home for Alresford Colne Football Club and the work that started in April this year (2012) has provided new extensions to the original building. The interiors of the hall and sports pavilion have also been dramatically altered and improved.

Peter remarked at the opening: “It is a great pleasure to come to events like this one in Alresford. There has been a tremendous amount of work put in by a number of individuals and it is fantastic to see. The changing rooms are great. It’s brilliant to see the money at the top of the game coming down to the grassroots. Projects like this are very dear to my heart.”

Planned since 2000, the project had overwhelming support from villagers and the hall and pavilion’s many users. It has created a building complex that can now accommodate sports and leisure facilities for a rapidly growing amount of users.

The pavilion now has changing rooms, showers and toilets and the hall has storage space for equipment used by the youth club and other regular users. There is also a new clubroom for sports use and public hire, and a new pitched roof tops off the pavilion.

As well as hosting football teams, the building is a popular venue for a wide range of activities, including a youth club, a luncheon club for elder people, a camera club, keep fit classes, Tiny Tots, Co-operative Womens’ Guild, WI, bowls club, an art club, dance group, the horticultural society, as well as private hirers.

Peter Shilton OBE opens the new changing room facilities at the Alresford Pavilion and Village Hall. Alresford, Essex.
The opening of the new changing room facilities at the Alresford Pavilion and Village Hall .Alresford, Essex.
Peter Shilton OBE opens the new changing room facilities at the Alresford Pavilion and Village Hall. Alresford, Essex.
Peter Shilton OBE (L) is shown around before the opening of the new changing room facilities at the Alresford Pavilion and Village Hall. Alresford, Essex.

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