South Norfolk Council has been awarded a grant of £394,292 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, towards a £1.2 million improvement project for Kett’s Park in Wymondham. The project includes the installation of a full size 3G Floodlit pitch.
The grant will enable local football clubs, organisations and community groups from the town and the surrounding area to enjoy all year round, state of the art facilities at a fully accessible venue in the heart of Wymondham.
The new facility will comprise of a full size, floodlit, fenced all weather 3G facility with spectator viewing attached to an existing sports community pavilion and changing rooms.
South Norfolk Council Cabinet member, Yvonne Bendle said: “This is really exciting news for the residents of Wymondham and surrounding villages. The Council is working with Wymondham Town Council and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, to improve the local sports facilities and support grassroots sport in the area.”
The grant will also be used to improve Kett’s Park grass pitch complex that along with other grass pitches in the town and surrounding area are prone to waterlogging resulting in lost games and frustrated footballers.
By providing high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. The new state-of-the-art facility will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded over 17,000 grants worth more than £615m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of £817m – over £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is fantastic news for South Norfolk Council to have been awarded a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to develop a 3G facility.
“This project, in Wymondham, will have a great impact on the local community by opening up access to our national game and improving the quality of sporting experience they enjoy at the enhanced facilities.
“It has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England.”