HUGE BOOST FOR WIRKSWORTH SPORT
In these uncertain times its fantastic to recieve AMAZING news like this.
Wirksworth Colts Football Club awarded funding to revamp football facilities
People living in the Wirksworth area are set to benefit from fresh investment into the local football facilities. Wirksworth Colts Football Club, in partnership with Anthony Gell School, have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade the grass pitches used by the club. This agreement has been put in place in partnership with Anthony Gell School, the Gell Foundation and Wirksworth Colts.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will see over £40,000 spent in the next six years on the three grass pitches at Anthony Gell School. This will ensure that Wirksworth Colts players, who play in the local boys and girls junior leagues as well as the Derbyshire Women’s League, have the opportunity to play football each week on some of the best grass surfaces in the area.
Players will be able to enjoy better quality pitches which will represent a significant improvement on the existing provision for the football club, which is currently prone to waterlogging. Without the funding available to the Club and Anthony Gell School, the three pitches used by the club and school teams would have continued to deteriorate.
The Colts worked with Anthony Gell School, the Football Foundation and the County FA to secure a £26,813 grant towards the project.
Chris Whittall, the Wirksworth Colts Chairman said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches and community here in Wirksworth. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, physical health and mental focus of playing in a team sport. To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to further improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”
Malcolm Kelly, Headteacher of Anthony Gell School said "Anthony Gell School has access to some of the best sports facilities in the county and has always worked closely with local clubs and organisations to ensure these facilities benefit the wider community. Our grass pitches are part of our portfolio of facilities and are beginning to show increased signs of wear and tear from extensive use over the last twenty years. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Wirksworth Colts in securing the additional FA funding, continued school and community use of these pitches is secured."
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Wirksworth Colts in developing the quality of the the pitches they use for their local community.
“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade. We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”