0 Sports hall kicks off year with cash windfall

Ewhurst has scored a triumphant start to 2009 thanks to a £315,881 Football Foundation grant towards its eagerly awaited new sports pavilion.

The cash bonanza will enable Ewhurst Parish Council to replace the existing outdated 1930s wooden building with a new two-storey facility and implement a pitch drainage scheme.

The new pavilion will have a lift and disabled access and will include two team changing rooms, one match officials' changing room, male and female spectator toilets, a kitchen and a communal room. It will also feature a covered viewing balcony.

The grant will help fund much-needed upgrading work on the grass football pitches at the village recreation ground, which include a full size grass football pitch, a junior size grass football pitch and a mini-soccer pitch.

Waverley planners gave the green light for the new facility in May 2008, but the timetable for construction had to be delayed in order to ensure all the necessary funding was in place.

It had originally been hoped the project would get under way last summer.

The scheme hinged on getting sufficient money from the Football Foundation and promises of other grants.

The much-needed village facility had received a generous £40,500 kick-start from local sources.

Members of the youth club have been busy organising their own fundraising activities and applying for local funding.

The existing pavilion was no longer large enough and the lack of suitable changing facilities and its general state of disrepair had made it an unattractive fixture.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "We warmly congratulate the club and the Surrey County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.

"Sport is playing a central role in helping people to stay fit, strengthen communities and promote responsibility amongst young people.

"It is thanks to the funding from our partners the Premier League, the FA and government that the Football Foundation exists to support this type of excellent project in Ewhurst."

Richard Cleaves, chairman of Ewhurst Parish Council and the Ewhurst Youth and Sports Centre project group, said: "We are delighted to be able to proceed with the long planned rebuild and the works to the pitches due to the support of the Football Foundation."

Mr Cleaves continued: "It is anticipated that work will start in the spring in order for these facilities to be available to the clubs by the start of the 2009 season."

Source:-Get Surrey

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