Villa keeper opens Kilsby Lane clubroom
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa FC and United States goalkeeper, opened Rugby Town JFC’s refurbished clubroom on Thursday.
The new facility was built using a £100,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing grassroots footballfacilities.
The funding has enabled Rugby Town JFC, who currently run 52 teams, to create a new clubroom at their Kilsby Lane home for both players and parents to use before and after matches.
The new facility, previously two separate rooms, comprises: kitchen and bar facilities,projector for team briefings and coach education sessions and a lounge area.
The club will work closely with the Birmingham FA to deliver a wide range of FA coach education courses at the site.
The club worked in partnership with the Birmingham FA to secure the £100,000 grant from the fund.
In addition to the new clubroom the club will also extend the existing car park, purchase new pitch maintenance equipment and create two junior real grass pitches with proper drainage systems.
The Kilsby Lane site, including the large clubhouse and 11 real grass pitches, was originally developed in 2004 with a £951,789 grant from the Football Foundation’s Funding Partners.
Brad Guzan said: “It was an honour to open the excellent new clubroom at Rugby Town JFC. The investment provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, has enabled the club to offer a stunning facility for local grassroots players to utilise all-year round.
“I’ve seen tonight how essential it is that young players have a safe and secure environment in which to enjoying playing football.
This new facility will help this impressive club attract more local youngsters to the sport as well as get more coaches qualified, which is vital if we are to give youngsters proper coaching.”
Jason Morris, Chairman, Rugby Town Girls & Ladies FC and Liam Coulter, Chairman, From Rugby Town Juniors FC, said: “The grant has enabled us to extend the services we offer to all our members and parents.
“We now have an area that can be used in many different ways at the club. We’ve already booked in FA Level 1 and 2 coaching sessions along with welfare courses.
“With 112 volunteers we are constantly sending coaches all over the Midlands but we know have a great learning environment of our own to utilise.
“Additionally, players and coaches now have an area to use for team meetings and parents can relax inside while their children are playing.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “This facility is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game.
“First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.”