Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency has welcomed the announcement that thanks to the Government, 178 projects across the UK will receive extra funding to support grassroots football in their local communities - this includes £511,110 for Broomfield Football Club and Chelmer Valley High School in the Saffron Walden constituency.
The investment from the Government, the FA, and the Premier League, will create and improve football pitches, changing rooms, and pavilions.
Projects in every corner of the UK have been selected for Local Football Facility Plans, drawn up by the Football Foundation. They will receive funding to increase participation in sport, including for women and disabled players.
Over the next four years, a package of investment worth £230 million will build or improve up to 8,000 football pitches across the UK – supporting the construction or refurbishment of clubhouses, changing facilities, and community buildings.
The new investment will widen access so that new generations and more local communities can come together, take up sport, and access high-quality facilities.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“Some communities in our constituency do not have access to the high standard of local sports facilities that they need and deserve.
“I welcome over £511,000 in investment from the Government, the FA, and the Premier League for both Broomfield Football Club and Chelmer Valley High School in my constituency.
“The funding will support upgrades to changing rooms, pitches, and pavilions – widening access so that even more local residents can benefit from high quality sports facilities.
“Access to high quality facilities and increased participation can be transformational – this investment in local clubs will improve physical and mental wellbeing and bring our communities together.”
Commenting, UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said:
“We are ramping up UK government funding to improve access to high quality sports facilities for the underprivileged and underrepresented across England.
“From artificial grass pitches in Sefton, Newcastle and Southampton, to great changing facilities in Blackpool and Solihull, and grass pitch improvements in Chelmsford, Harrogate and Ipswich, this investment will ensure more people can enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of these facilities in their local communities.”