Club receive massive grant
Friday, 05 April 2004
Tony Talbot, Chairman
On the 24th February I told members to expect some terrific
news. Well today I can inform you that the FA have given us a massive
grant of £286,315 which will be spent on reconstructing new changing
rooms, building a new lecture room, new kitchen, office and meetings room.
This scheme will go hand in hand with the grant received by Ashcroft High
school to install a new third generation all weather pitch.
Planning consent has already been approved, we have
met with the Council this week to discuss one or two minor problems and
the steering committee will meet next week to draw up buildings regs and
send out to tender.
This grant will enable us to further enhance the facilities
to encourage youngsters to start their football careers at Crawley Green.
Read on . . .
Official FA press release
BEDS FOOTBALL SCORES AGAIN
Grass roots football in Bedfordshire got another boost today with the
announcement of a massive £286,315 from the UKs largest sports
charity, the Football Foundation.
The cash bonanza will allow the Luton based Crawley Green Sports and Social
Club to start construction on a state of the art pavilion. Their Crawley
Green Road site will soon house six new changing rooms for male and female
players and two for match officials, alongside social areas and fully
inclusive spectator facilities.
The funding will establish Crawleys place as one of the leading
junior clubs in the area, providing regular football for over 340 players
of all ages and abilities. An emphasis will be placed on creating more
opportunities for new players and the club expect membership to increase
by over 100. Links will also be formed with the nearby Ashcroft High School
who were also recipients of a £354,950 grant from the Foundation
to fund a new artificial pitch and install pitch drainage at their site.
Club members and pupils will share both facilities, ensuring maximum usage
both during and after school.
The Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game,
constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force
for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout
the country. Funded by the Premier League, the Football Association and
the Government, the Football Foundation is the nation's largest sports
charity with £93 million already invested into the heart of football.
Peter Lee, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation welcomed this latest
grant for Bedfordshire:
"Its fantastic that money from the top of the game is now being
used to invigorate the grass roots and our congratulations go to all concerned
with Crawley Green Sports and Social Club for this excellent project.
All communities deserve the type of facilities that will soon be on display
at Crawley Green Road Recreation Ground."
Tony Talbot, Chairman of Crawley Green Sports and Social Club said:
"This is fantastic news and is a tribute to the hard work put in
by everyone involved at the Club. This award will help the Club continue
to act as a focal point for the community, and the new facilities will
be the forefront of further improving the quality and quantity of football."
FA support CG with massive grant
The Club is pleased to announce that they have received a massive grant
of £286,315 from the Football
Ian Freeman, Secretary (above) says: "This is terrific news
for Crawley Green and reflects the confidence the FA have in our football
club. Over the last eleven years we have made enormous strides in the
number of teams playing from the Club (29 in 2003-04 plus the nursery
section), improved the quality and availability of football coaching,
enhanced the capabilities of the managers, increased the changing facilities
and encouraged the involvement of local people at all levels in the Club's
"We are grateful to the Football Association for their continued
support. We also recognise that this support is due in many respects to
the tireless efforts of many people at CGSSC."
In particular, the Club would like to pay tribute to Tony Talbot,
Chairman (above) for his outstanding work in the preparation of the planning
application and business plans needed for the venture as well as giving
everyone at Crawley the direction and ambition needed to strive for success.
Tony has been the driving force behind the Club as it aims to provide
the best coaching and football facilities in the area.
No lesser a role was played by John Doyle (Youth Development
Officer) who has led the Club magnificently in the youth development programme
which was so important in us qualifying for the funds. John has put in
a tremendous amount of hours to improve the availability of coaching courses
for youngsters and to provide the Club with better qualified coaches.
John was instrumental in Crawley Green attaining the coveted FA Charter
Mark Development Club and subsequently the prestigious Club
in the Community Award - the highest our club can attain.
Also, we would like to show our appreciation to Mark Liddiard
and Simon McQueen from the Football Association for recognising
the progress made at Crawley and encouraging us to even greater endeavours.
Also to Matt Wells of Luton Borough Council and Peter Brown
(Beds FA) who have supported the application all the way through.
"The funds will be used in two ways. First, improved drainage to
the pitches at Crawley Green and Ashcroft High School. This will enable
the Club to make use of more pitches at weekends. Second, we will be able
to improve quite substantially the changing facilities at the Club.
"At the same time Crawley Green hope to improve the social side
of the Club by by building a new Playgroup area, installing a new kitchen,
office and an auxillary room which can be used for complementing coaching
courses by utilising up-to-date computer equipment.
"Who would have thought that when the Club started out thirteen
years ago, we would have possibly one of the best football facilities
in the south of the county. Great credit must go to every individual who
has played his or her part in making the Club what it is today."
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