Boyce was recently named a Trustee of Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
- Facility made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League and The FA's Facilities Fund.
- Community Trust will be delivering a number of outreach programmes at the facility.
- Grant has enabled the club to install a new 3G pitch and improve the changing areas.
Latics legend Emmerson Boyce joined Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield, to officially open Winstanley Warriors FC’s new £418,714 sports facility on Friday afternoon.
Emmerson, a Trustee of Wigan Athletic Community Trust, opened the facility that was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League and The FA’s Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The Community Trust will be using the upgraded facilities to deliver a range of outreach programmes, which include the Every Player Counts disability sports scheme, the Premier League Kicks project and its Premier League Girls football programme.
Emmerson, said: “This is exactly the kind of facility that helps people discover their love of the game, and I know the club will really benefit from the pitch and the improved changing facilities. It was an honour to have been asked to open the facility.
He added: “As a Trustee of the Community Trust, it is so pleasing to know that staff will be using the facility to help lots of local people to find new opportunities through grassroots football.”
The grant has enabled Winstanley Warriors FC to install a new floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch and refurbish their existing changing pavilion. The new pitch, which caters for 7v7 and small-sided play, is in addition to the club’s three existing full-size grass pitches, 9v9 grass pitch and a training area.
Shaun Rotherham, Chairman of Winstanley Warriors FC, said: “I would like to thank Emmerson, Yvonne Fovargue and Wigan Council for their support, and of course to the Premier League and The FA’s Facilities Fund for the grant which has made this possible. It will help to improve grassroots football in the local area and create new children’s teams.”
Winstanley Wariors FC worked alongside the Lancashire FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year football development plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation, and secured a £418,714 grant from the Premier League.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Premier League and The FA’s Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities, so I’m delighted to see Winstanley Warriors FC join thousands of local clubs who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of their upgraded sports hub.
He added: “These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who also use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications.”
Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. The Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 472 grants worth £13.7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £32m across the whole of Lancashire.
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