SOLIHULL Moors Foundation has been awarded a £25,000 grant from the Premier League, FA and Government’s Football Foundation to refurbish the changing rooms at Studley Sports Centre.
The grant will allow hundreds of players at Solihull Moors Foundation and Studley FC the chance to play football each week as improvements to their infrastructure are made.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
Solihull were able to secure funding for the project after working closely with the Football Foundation and the Birmingham County FA.
The project was headed up by Moors Operations Director Richard Blackmore who believes the improvements made to Studley Sports Centre will benefit everyone connected to the Foundation.
Blackmore said: “We are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for their help in securing this grant.
“Over the past couple of years, several other improvements have been made to Studley Sports Centre and the latest will only enhance the experience of players, coaches and supporters who use the facility.
“These changing room improvements will benefit a number of teams at the Solihull Moors Foundation, including the women’s development side, as well as Studley Juniors.”
Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, Robert Sullivan, is pleased to be able to help the local community in Solihull.
Sullivan said: “This grant award to Solihull Moors Foundation developing the infrastructure at Studley Sports Centre is great news for the local community.
“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing.
“That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.
“It’s very welcome news that this funding will support Solihull Moors Foundation in developing their facilities for their local community.”
Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded more than 20,400 grants to improve facilities worth more than £770m – including 958 artificial grass pitches, 8,726 natural grass pitches and 1,223 changing facilities.
This has attracted an additional £1bn of partnership funding – totalling over £1.8bn investment in grassroots football so far.