Buxworth community welcomes £75k funding for new changing facilities

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Buxworth Football Club’s changing facilities are set for a makeover after it secured £74,780 of National Lottery funding.

The work will involve the demolition of the existing wooden hut at their ground on Western Lane, Buxworth.

A new facility including home and away changing room and showers, storage for equipment and refreshments for spectators will be built.

The news was warmly welcomed by the club, Buxworth Primary School and High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who wrote a letter in support of the bid.

Club development secretary Amy Longdon said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of other teams in the area and ensures that our first team who were promoted to a Hope Valley Premier League last season will not lose their place due to lack of facilities.

“It will have a huge impact on the village with the introduction of a veteran’s team and annual community events, and will be used for years to come by schools and clubs in the area. I would like extend my thanks to Dianne Davies at Beacon Bids whose help and guidance was invaluable in securing the bid.”

Co-Headteachers Louise Moore and Jennifer Rackstraw at Buxworth Primary School were also pleased.

A statement read: “We and our children are excited at the prospect of being able to extend our PE provision to all pupils using the improved facilities, we shall now be able to invite other schools and host inter-school competitions which will increase our competitive sport and this is of great benefit to the pupils and the local community, well done to all those who worked on the bid.”

Andrew Bingham added: “I am delighted that Buxworth Football Club have been successful in their application. I happily wrote a letter of support for the bid and it is great news that they have been successful. Not only will it be if great benefit to the Club but also the village as it will enhance the work the club does in the local community. I would like to pay tribute to all those who work at the club and put the bid together it’s a great result for everyone.”

The club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £9 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £102 million into more than 1,920 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

“It’s great to see Buxworth Football Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open.

Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £5 million to help upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.