Thursday 29 August 2013
Dion Dublin unveils
new athletics amenities in Birmingham
Previous England and Aston Villa star striker, Dion Dublin, nowadays opened Birmingham Town Council’s freshly-refurbished Rectory Park Pavilion and soccer pitches.
The new amenities have been made possible by a grant of £305,600 from the Soccer Foundation, the country’s premier athletics charity, with additional funding coming from Birmingham Town Council for pitch advancements.
Dion Dublin, who made a total of 743 appearances in his profession, scoring 235 goals, officially opened the doors of the new amenities to the local group. The upgraded sports site in Sutton Coldfield was also welcomed by fellow Soccer Foundation Ambassador and local resident, Graham Taylor OBE.
The alterations have introduced the pavilion into the 21st century while the preceding pavilion was outdated, and experienced no segregated switching, the extensively refurbished pavilion now boasts a new condition-of-the-artwork modern interior, which include 4 separate self-contained soccer switching rooms crafted to Soccer Foundation specs, improved electrics and heating, and locker merchandise for storage.
A complete soccer advancement strategy was created element of the software to the Soccer Foundation. The new amenities will help the Sutton and District Sunday League to achieve Charter Standard League Status by 12 months two of the strategy, and to maximize in the variety of teams in its opposition from ninety seven to a hundred and twenty by 12 months 5. The web site will also be a critical ingredient to Birmingham County FA’s do the job to support the retention of grownup males in 11 v 11 soccer in the region.
Funded by the Leading League, The FA, and the Government (via Activity England), the Soccer Foundation is the country’s premier athletics charity. Birmingham Council worked in partnership with the Birmingham County FA to safe investment from the Foundation.
Soccer Foundation Ambassador, Dion Dublin, said: “It was a real pleasure to officially open these new switching rooms for people in this element of Birmingham.
“Football is our nationwide activity so it is only right that the gamers and volunteers at the grassroots should have somewhere relaxed to get improved and shower just before and soon after matches.
“I am delighted to see this facility has benefited from investment from the Soccer Foundation’s funding companions – the Leading League, The FA and the Government. When I performed for Villa it was not also considerably from here, so it’s particularly nice to see this web site receiving this important enhance.”
The new web site has also been warmly welcomed by local resident and Dion’s fellow Soccer Foundation Ambassador, Graham Taylor OBE, who commented: “It is smashing to see the switching rooms at the Rectory Park Pavilion get a considerably-necessary makeover with Soccer Foundation cash.
“It is a preferred local athletics location so the upgraded pavilion, and the improved grass pitches, will make a important big difference to the teams that perform there.
Councillor Ian Ward, Birmingham Town Council Deputy Chief, additional: “This is fantastic information for the teams who presently use the amenities but it will also motivate other folks to just take up sport.
“The support from the Soccer Foundation, along with the council’s possess funding, will indicate improved, healthy-for-goal amenities which will motivate far more varied use of the setting up. The introduction of separate switching rooms boosts the potential to have women’s soccer on web site as effectively, which has not been possible in the previous.”
Considering the fact that it was introduced in 2000, the Foundation, and its partner organisation, the Soccer Stadia Advancement Fund, have invested £15m into one zero five separate grassroots sport tasks across Birmingham.
For far more info about the do the job the Soccer Foundation is executing all about the place check out www.footballfoundation.org.british isles or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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