Garston-based Everett Rovers FC have been awarded nearly £1million from the government to pay for a long-awaited artificial pitch.
More than 1,700 new and improved multi-sports grassroots facilities across the UK are benefiting from £68million from the government, who are encouraging people to get active by participating in sport. Everett Rovers FC have been awarded £834,928 for their astroturf pitch project, while Evergreen Football Club (Three Rivers) have been awarded £3,012 for goal posts.
This funding comes as part of the latest allocation of a £300million UK-wide capital investment in grassroots facilities to deliver upgrades, improvements and new pitches – making more high-quality facilities available for people to play football, hockey and other grassroots sports.
Dean Russell, MP for Watford, said: “Grassroots facilities are essential for nurturing future sporting talent and encouraging people to get active, which benefits their physical and mental wellbeing.
“That is why I welcome the funding from the Conservative government which will see Watford benefit from £837,940 to improve our local sports facilities and help more people access them. Seeing new goalposts in position at the Evergreen Football Club and the completion of the artificial grass pitch at Everett Rovers will be welcomed by the community and will make a huge difference.
“Helping people get active is key to delivering on the Prime Minister’s priority to cut NHS waiting lists by encouraging people to live healthier lives and become more engaged in sport.”
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “We are committed to levelling up access to sport, which is so important for the nation’s physical and mental health.
“Today, we are delivering more than 1,700 new and improved grassroots sports facilities across the UK to continue to support, sustain and grow community and grassroots sport – so that physical activity is accessible to all, no matter a person’s background or location.”