Tavistock Community FC

16th November 2017
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, was pleased to mark the beginning of Tavistock Community FC’s new pitch improvement project recently (Saturday 11 November), thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 
The grant has enabled the club to purchase state-of-the-art ground maintenance equipment for their Crowndale Road sports hub, in Devon. Their facility comprises four full-size grass pitches, three junior-size pitches, a training area and a changing pavilion which was funded by the Football Foundation in 2009. 
Thanks to the new equipment, the club is able to embark on its pitch improvement project which will see them not only improve the facilities at their own site, but also for Tavistock College and other local clubs in the area. The improved playing surfaces at the sports hub will benefit Tavistock Community FC’s 17 teams, in partnership with Tavistock AFC, ranging from Under-7 to senior level. The hub will also be used by Plymouth Argyle FC’s Academy, who will play their fixtures at the site. 
Tavistock Community FC worked alongside the Devon 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. 
As a result of the pitch improvement project, the club also hopes to introduce five brand new teams, taking their total to 23. This will include an Under-14 and an Under-16 female side. Tavistock Community FC is also developing a primary school girls’ soccer centre, now that they are able to offer players a state-of-the-art facility. 
The club worked in partnership with the Devon FA to secure a £25,065 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. 
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. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game. 
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 220 grants worth £10.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £19.5m across the whole of Devon. 
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work. 
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, said: “I was delighted to be invited to help mark the start of Tavistock Community FC’s pitch improvement project. It is fantastic that this will not only help them to improve their own pitches, but also provide support for other local clubs. As the President of Tavistock AFC, I can appreciate how important it is for grassroots clubs to give their players the best facilities possible. 
“The Football Foundation is using generous funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, to improve the standard of grassroots football facilities all over the country. It is excellent to see their support in our area. I would like to congratulate Tavistock Community FC on their hard work in undertaking this project.” 
Andrew Mitchell, Chairman of Tavistock Community FC, said: “The investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is crucial in allowing the club to become self-sufficient. The maintenance of eight pitches is a challenge for our volunteers but the new equipment means that we can reduce the cost of contractors and improve the quality of the pitches for everyone who plays at Crowndale. With around 300 fixtures played every season along with training, the investment is great value and will go a long way to ensure that the club is viable moving forwards.” 
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see Tavistock Community FC join thousands of local clubs who have reaped its benefit, in this case through a pitch improvement project.  
“Having delivered over £1.4bn of grassroots sports infrastructure projects, the Football Foundation has developed a network of accessible, first-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact – thanks to money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England.  
“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.”

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