Local football club opens state-of-the-art new facility

MP Mark Francois cutting the ribbon on football club's proud new facility

Wickford Town FC

With football fever taking over Essex this week, a state-of-the-art new changing room facility for Wickford Town FC was recently opened as they look to become one of the largest youth football clubs in Essex and new girls and ladies sides.

Their new facility was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

Wickford and Rayleigh

Mark Francois, MP for Wickford and Rayleigh, officially opened the changing facility and a grant enabled Wickford Town FC to double the number of team changing rooms within their Bartlett Park facility, which will enable them to significantly boost their provision of football throughout the local community.

The upgraded facility now comprises: four team changing rooms; two changing rooms for match-day officials, increased access to male and females toilets and a clubroom complete with kitchen and servery area. The servery and clubroom will help increase both the club’s income and overall sustainability.

Mr Clive Lodge, Chairman, Wickford Town Youth Football Club said: “I would like to thank Mark Francois MP for opening our new facility. Additionally we would like to thank Brendan Walshe and Essex FA for their continual support over the last few years in making this happen. The club have received support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund alongside additional funding providers, and years of fundraising from club members.

“Without this support and funding the project would never have been able to be achieved. The new facilities now give the club a home in the local area, which provides recreational facilities to over 500 children and young people to use a week.”

Southend

The club hope that the new facility will help them unearth more gems from their youth sides, which have already helped to produce Brentford first-choice goalkeeper, Daniel Bentley and former Southend United manager, Steve Tilson.

Wickford Rotary Trust will use the site for meetings and events, with Essex Boys and Girls Club enjoying similar benefits. Wickford Town FC. Wickford Town FC were awarded a £397,764 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Essex FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan.

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