Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP presents funding cheque for Guiseley JFC’s grassroots project

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Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, visited the future site of a brand new changing pavilion for Guiseley JFC to officially award funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. She was joined by Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey.

The club, working in partnership with High Royds Sports Association, is delighted at the new opportunities within grassroots sport the pavilion will present for the area. The grant will enable High Royds Sports Association to replace an existing cricket pavilion on-site with a state-of-the-art new changing pavilion. The new facility will include: four team changing rooms; two officials' rooms; a large function room; a kitchen and bar, and spectator toilets.

The grant will also help the club to purchase ground maintenance equipment, including a new tractor and mowing system, to support the upkeep of the site's grass pitches. Guiseley JFC, and partner club Menston JFC, have access to one 11v11 pitch, one 9v9 pitch, two 7v7 pitches and two 5v5 pitches - all of which will benefit from the new equipment.

The project will support Guiseley JFC and Menston JFC in developing new teams and providing a better environment for existing players. It is expected that the new pavilion and improvements made to the site's playing surfaces will enable the clubs to collectively grow from 45 teams to 68 in the next five years. This will result in a 146% boost in football participation for those between the ages of 14-25 on-site.

The club and High Royds Sports Association worked in partnership with the Football Foundation and the West Riding FA to secure a £328,397 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

You can read the full article from the Football Foundationy HERE

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