Footballers in Crick have received massive boost to create a new ground.
A grant of £130,750 from the Football Foundation will allow Crick Athletic Football Club, supported by Crick Parish Council, to develop a new sports facility in the village.
The project has also been helped by grants of £50,000 from Sport England and £15,000 from Daventry District Council.
The first phase site construction will develop a green field site in Yelvertoft Road into three new football pitches - one senior and two junior - with temporary changing rooms, car parking and access. It should be ready in time for the 2013/14 season and will be managed by the football club.
In further phases of the project they plan to add an all-weather multi-use games area, changing rooms, cricket pitch and two more football pitches.
Paul Lane, Chairman Crick Athletic FC, said: “This new exciting facility will enable Crick to grow its sports facilities and enable the football club to continue its development in for both junior and senior football.
“The club and sports field committee have worked enthusiastically and with the tremendous support from the Northamptonshire FA and the Football Foundation, whose support to this project will result in a fantastic facility for Crick Athletic FC to provide football for junior teams from ages 7 to 16 in addition to adult teams.”
After several years of planning, the 140+ footballers will enjoy the extra pitches and improved playing surface from their current home on the village playing field. Currently the ten teams share just two pitches, which become easily waterlogged.
Mr Lane added: “We’ve really outgrown our current facility, so with the new ground we will be able to accommodate all our teams as we have junior, colts and adults sections and we will have the old ground as back-up.
“Crick is a growing village and the project will benefit a lot of people.”
Work is due to be finished by mid-September, but it will be several months before the pitches can be used.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Crick Athletic FC and the Northamptonshire County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy.
“The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer. The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
The club worked in partnership with the Northamptonshire County FA to secure their 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 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.