Work has now started on a £1.2 million improvement project for Kett’s Park in Wymondham. The project includes the installation of a new,full size, 3G floodlit pitch.
South Norfolk Council was awarded a grant of £394,292 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, and a further £250,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy, via the Greater Norwich Growth Board towards this state-of-the-art facility. The grants will enable local football clubs, organisations and community groups from the town and the surrounding area to enjoy sport all year round 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 18,000 grants worth more than £615m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of £841m – over £1.5bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The news that works have officially begun on the brand new facility at Kett’s Park will undoubtedly provide a boost for grassroots sport in South Norfolk. Funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, is playing a vital role in making the project a reality.
“Thanks to their investment, residents in South Norfolk are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art facility. These facilities not only act as excellent physical and social outlets for communities, but also provide new jobs – during construction and in the years to come, with people needed to support sites in delivering safe and positive environments for any user.”