Old Owen’s Association and Sports Club, which is affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance, will officially unveil their refurbished changing pavilion in Hertfordshire on Saturday 4 November at 11.30am, thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation.
The grant has enabled Old Owen’s Association and Sports Club to refurbish the existing changing pavilion, which was no longer able to support the number of users. The pavilion now comprises seven team changing rooms, two changing rooms for officials, disabled access and a clubroom.
The upgraded facility will be used by a range of clubs and organisations, including: partner club Old Owen’s FC, Potters Bar United FC, Tansley FC, Wingate Finchley FC, Northaw FC, Oakwood Town FC and local schools. Old Owen’s Association also run two cricket teams and host cricket matches at the site.
The project was made possible thanks to a £35,500 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 37 grants worth £1.1m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £1.5m across the clubs affiliated to the Amateur FA.
Mike Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Amateur FA, said: “This is a very exciting development for Old Owen’s Association and one which will benefit a number of clubs across our county. We’ve seen how funding provided by the Football Foundation and its partners has enabled grassroots football to grow over the years and I’m sure this new and improved facility will be hugely appreciated by everyone at the Association.”
Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.