New pavillion set to provide a hub for grassroots sports in Maybury

23 December 2013

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Woking Borough Council, alongside Woking Football Club, have received a grant of 99,999 from the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity, towards a brand new changing pavilion at Alpha Road Playing Fields, Maybury.

Managed by the Council, through their leisure contract with Freedom Leisure, the new facility will comprise of four changing rooms, a kitchen, storage facilities and a club room.

This will provide a welcome hub for grassroots sports clubs and the local community. One of the clubs set to benefit from the new site are Cardinal Youth Football Club, who will be based at the site from when its opens in the first quarter of 2014. The development of Cardinal Youth FC will be supported by Woking Football Club, in partnership with Woking Borough Council and New Monument Primary Academy.

The Council worked in partnership with Surrey County Football Association to secure the 99,999 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the country's largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 9,600 grants worth more than 412m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over 565m.

Cllr Graham Cundy, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for helping to fund the construction of the new pavilion, which we hope will act as a catalyst for the development of football and other sports in the Maybury area.

"This investment will ensure that local sports clubs and the wider local community will benefit by being able to access and use quality facilities. It is hoped that this will encourage sports participation and give the local community a facility which they can be proud of."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "I am delighted that a Football Foundation grant of 99,999 will enable Cardinal Youth Football Club and other clubs to have access to these facilities. In partnership with Surrey County FA, Woking Borough Council and Woking Football Club worked extremely hard to secure this funding from the Football Foundation."

"Since 2000 our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, have generously provided the investment to improve facilities throughout the country, just like this one in Woking."

For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country, visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.