FOOTBALL fans in Maybury have scored a £100,000 grant from the country’s largest sports charity to secure a new pavilion.
Woking Borough Council, working alongside Woking Football Club, have received a £99,999 cash injection from the Football Foundation to help fund a changing complex at the Alpha Road Playing Fields.
Managed by the council through their leisure contract with Freedom Leisure, the new facility will comprise four changing rooms, a kitchen, storage facilities and a club room.
This will provide a welcome hub for grassroots sports clubs and the local community.
One team set to benefit from the new site are Cardinal Youth Football Club, who will be based there from its opening in the first quarter of 2014.
The development of Cardinal Youth will be supported by Woking Football Club, in partnership with the council and New Monument Primary Academy.
The council worked closely with Surrey County Football Association to secure the funds.
Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, Councillor Graham Cundy, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for helping to fund the construction of the new pavilion, which we hope will act as a catalyst for the development of football and other sports in the Maybury area.
“This investment will ensure that local sports clubs and the wider local community will benefit by being able to access and use facilities of quality. It is hoped that this will encourage sports participation and give the local community a facility that they can be proud of.”
Football Foundation Chief Executive Paul Thorogood, said: “I am delighted that a Football Foundation grant of £99,999 will enable Cardinal Youth and other clubs to have access to these facilities.
“In partnership with Surrey County FA, Woking Borough Council and Woking Football Club worked extremely hard to secure this funding.
“Since 2000 our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England, have generously provided the investment to improve facilities throughout the country, just like this one in Woking.”
The Football Foundation remains the country’s largest sports charity.
Since being launched in 2000, the foun-dation has awarded around 9,600 grants, worth more than £412 million, to improve grassroots sport.
This mammoth investment in communities across the country has in turn been used to attract additional partnership funding of more than £565 million.