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Tuesday 20 May 2014

Martyn praises new sports pavilion in Bradford aided by PLFAFF

  • Nigel Martyn opened the new pavilion at Rawdon Meadows

  • The pavilion was made possible with a £98,000 grant from the PLFAFF

A grant of almost £100,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has allowed a key sports community site in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to enjoy a new sports pavilion that will be used by a variety of sports and sports clubs.

The £350,000 sports pavilion at Rawdon Meadows, which boasts four team changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, a club room, a kitchen and an indoor archery range, was made possible thanks to a £98,000 grant from the PLFAFF.

The PLFAFF is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, and is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The new pavilion, which came about through the partnership of the school, Bradford Council and West Riding FA, will be used by Woodhouse Grove School as well as local community sports clubs such as Bronte Archers, Bradford City Women's Football Club, and two local cricket teams. The school maintains the three full-size grass pitches at the site and has an excellent track record in the provision of outdoor activity, particularly in football and athletics.

Nigel Martyn, who made the majority of his 372 Barclays Premier League appearances in goal for nearby Leeds United, officially opened the pavilion this month.

"I am honoured to have been asked to open this fantastic new facility which has been made possible by the drive and determination of David Humphreys, Bradford Council and the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund," Martyn said. "Rawdon Meadows has added to the fantastic sporting facilities available at Woodhouse Grove which has strengthened its position as one of the top independent schools in the north of England for sport.

"When I started my football career playing in a minor league in Cornwall we would have been delighted to have had such outstanding facilities and it is great to see grassroots football being played on these pitches and using these facilities today."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, praised the efforts of the West Riding FA, Bradford Council and Woodhouse Grove School for making the new pavilion a reality.

"Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active," he said.

The PLFAFF, which was launched in October 2013, will invest £102m into the country's sports infrastructure over the three years to 2016. Forecasts suggest during that period the PLFAFF will build more than 100 new changing-room facilities, 150 new or refurbished 3G pitches and about 200 grass pitches.

Key Points

  • Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund helps provide new community facilities in Bradford
  • Former Premier League goalkeeper Nigel Martyn opens the pavilion at Rawdon Meadows
  • The Facilities Fund provided almost £100,000 towards the £350,000 needed to build the development

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