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New £150,000 changing room pavilion opens in Hampshire

New £150,000 changing room pavilion opens in Hampshire

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A new state-of-the-art changing room pavilion was recently officially opened at Stockbridge Recreation Ground. The £148,018 pavilion was made possible thanks to a £57,542 grant from The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding enabled Stockbridge Football Club, who will call the facility ‘home,’ to replace their old pre-fabricated changing rooms, with a modern building comprising: two dual-gender changing rooms each with en-suite shower and toilet facilities, two officials’ changing rooms and an accessible spectator toilet.

The new pavilion will also be open to all members of the local community to utilise on a regular basis, and sits on an area of land already well used by local youth groups, schools and dog walkers.

Funded with £6m 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.

Paul Barker, Committee member, said: “It is going to be fantastic to see the new pavilion being opened on Saturday. It has taken nearly seven years for our plans to become reality and it has been well worth the wait. We would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who helped make it happen.”

"Peter McCormick, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am delighted that my colleagues and I have been able to award this grant to Stockbridge Recreation Ground to allow them to build a new pavilion which will be open to all members of the local community.

“FSIF staff work hard to make sure that the funding that is generously provided by the Premier League each year goes as far as possible and benefits as many clubs and supporters as it possibly can.”

 ENDS

For more information contact:

• Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk

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