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Work complete on new £250,000 football facility

The new changing facilities at Northern Area Playing Fields in Washington which was officially handed over to Washington AFC by Members of Sunderland City Council, Sport England and the Football Association today. Pictured here left to right are Sunderland City Council  Portfolio Holder for Safer City and Culture Cllr John Kelly, Washington AFC Chairman Mark Gibbon, Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary Cllr Mel Spedding, Washington AFC Head of Football Gary Sykes, Washington AFC Facility Manager Simon Bates, Sport England Sport Manager Joanne Cound and FA Durham Company Secretary John Topping

The new changing facilities at Northern Area Playing Fields in Washington which was officially handed over to Washington AFC by Members of Sunderland City Council, Sport England and the Football Association today. Pictured here left to right are Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Safer City and Culture Cllr John Kelly, Washington AFC Chairman Mark Gibbon, Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary Cllr Mel Spedding, Washington AFC Head of Football Gary Sykes, Washington AFC Facility Manager Simon Bates, Sport England Sport Manager Joanne Cound and FA Durham Company Secretary John Topping

WORK has now finished on a £250,000 football changing facility.

Sunderland City Council worked with Durham County FA to bag a £200,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund with an additional £50,000 coming from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, Councillor John Kelly helped open the new state-of-the-art facilities at the Northern Area Playing Fields in Washington.

He said: “It is great to see that we are able to continue to support clubs and communities in our city. This partnership, backed by the financial investment, shares the same overall goal of increasing sporting opportunities.

“These opportunities to play, volunteer, coach and even spectating should be open to everyone regardless of age, ability or disability. A key priority for us remains to see a continued increase in sport and physical activity participation.

“I firmly believe that it is important to provide the facilities and the tools to enable our local sports clubs and associations to take control of their own development.”

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

Since it was launched in 2000, the foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This outstanding facility is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.

“Aided by the Durham County FA, Sunderland City Council deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using this funding provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

“Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities, and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active.”

 

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