Well over a year ago, I reported on the campaign by Woodhall Spa Football Club to raise up to £25,000 to build a community Pavilion, through the Aviva Community Fund. It may have seemed then a long shot back then, but a few days ago the dream came true as celebrity comedian Robert Webb and MP Victoria Atkins officially opened Woodhall Spa United Junior Football Club’s new £363,951 changing pavilion.
The original fundraising effort was only the beginning; in fact the project was made possible by a £235,183 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The result – a brand new state-of-the-art changing pavilion comprising four team changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, a clubroom, kitchen facilities, spectator toilets and storage equipment.
Robert Webb, who was born in the town and grew up locally, said: “It is great to see an area that holds particular importance to myself rewarded with a fantastic new facility that will serve as a real sporting asset to the local community. I know how much time and effort has gone into this development and I am delighted to see it turn out as such a success.”
Victoria Atkins MP added: “This club is an integral part of the local community and like many other grassroots football facilities up and down the country, it plays a key role in boosting the numbers of people playing sport and in turn improving their physical health.”
Project Manager Mark Webb said: “It has been three years of hard work for the club but the outcome, having a modern and safe sports building for our 14 football teams, 180 children and young adults to use, is fantastic.”
Source: Louth Leader