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Local news presenter unveils £100,000 changing room pavilion

Local news presenter unveils £100,000 changing room pavilion

Local news presenter unveils £100,000 changing room pavilion

Susie Fowler-Watt, Presenter of BBC Look East, officially opened Norton Athletic FC’s new state-of-the-art £100,000 changing room pavilion recently (Sunday 2 October 2016). 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. The new facility also received £16,424 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.

The grants have enabled the club, who are approaching 100 years since their formation, to replace their previous changing accommodation with a new state-of-the-art pavilion that meets the required FA National Ground Grading Criteria. The new facility comprises: two team changing rooms; an officials’ changing room; spectator toilets and storage space.

The opening of the new changing room pavilion represents a great moment for Norton Athletic FC who have worked tirelessly to raise the necessary funds, having launched a ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign back in March 2015. The project received further funding from local community groups.

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 Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth nearly £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Julian Walker, Chairman of Norton Athletic FC, said: “The club is very grateful to the Football Foundation, the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, together with the many other local charities and organisations that have all contributed funds and support, and to the volunteers who have given their time, to enable this crucial facility to be built. The future of this long-standing rural amateur football club has been secured by the construction of this essential facility, that has come about due to an enormous team effort.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said:“The new changing rooms here at Norton Athletic FC will provide a fantastic facility for all those at the club, that can be used for both training and competition, enabling them to expand and upgrade their existing provision for this season and beyond. This project is a key example of the Premier League’s commitment to improving grassroots facilities through investing in stadia across the country and I look forward to seeing the club continue to progress in the coming years.” 

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Julian Walker at julianwalker21@yahoo.co.uk or 01502 471 004 
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292

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The facility was opened by BBC Look East Presenter, Susie Fowler-Watt.
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From left to right: Julian Walker, Chairman; Scott Yarham, Secretary & Treasurer; Chris Burton, Designer and Jon Green, Vice Chairman, all of Norton Athletic FC.

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“The club is very grateful to the Football Foundation, the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, together with the many other local charities and organisations that have all contributed funds and support, and to the volunteers who have given their time, to enable this crucial facility to be built. The future of this long-standing rural amateur football club has been secured by the construction of this essential facility, that has come about due to an enormous team effort.”

Julian Walker, Chairman of Norton Athletic FC

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