26 March 2012
dilapidated sports pavilion in the middle of New Ferry Park in New Ferry
is to be refurbished at a cost of £65,000. The scheme is being funded
jointly by the Football Foundation and Biffaward who are giving £20,000
and £45,000 respectively. The Biffaward element comes from taxes imposed
on firms bringing rubbish to landfill sites in the region.
commenced this week to turn the pavilion into a top-class changing
facility for footballers and other sport/activity users in the park. A
redundant storeroom in the building is being removed, and the remaining
space divided into two separate changing rooms for home and away teams.
New showers, toilets and lockers will be provided, along with a separate
changing room for referees.
Regeneration Action Group submitted applications for the money on behalf
of the various football teams who use the pitch in New Ferry Park after
the teams were granted a 20 year lease on the pavilion building by
owners Wirral Borough Council.
application was submitted late in 2010 by community organisation New
Ferry Regeneration Action Group (NFRAG) who agreed to help the various
teams who play on the pitch in the park with the bid. The footballers
were concerned that the poor standard of the pavilion meant that the
local Football Federation was refusing to allow major tournaments to be
played in the park.
months of negotiations have followed, during which time the football
teams, co-ordinated by local team coach Simon Crabtree, have now taken
out a 20 year lease on the Wirral Council owned pavilion. The Council,
who did not have the money to refurbish the pavilion itself, has
supported the scheme since its inception. The final go ahead for the
refurbishment was confirmed at the end of February 2012 when Biffaward
and the Football Foundation agreed to jointly fund the scheme.
is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and
transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental
projects across the UK. The money is raised through taxes on waste
brought to local landfill sites, and the pavilion in New Ferry Park
qualified for the funding because it was within a close distance to the
former Biffa landfill site at Bromborough Dock.
Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the
Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the
Foundation directs £30m every year into grass roots sport. The
Foundation receives money from the very top of the professional game and
also from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Sport
England. It then uses this money to leverage even more partnership
funding, to deliver a programme of new and improved community sports
facilities in towns and cities across the country.
Mark Anthony Craig said: “Getting this funding has been a very
long and drawn out process. The football teams first asked for our help
in 2010. However, we found so much red tape in our way when other
funders refused to give us any money because the football teams did not
own the pavilion themselves. For various reasons, the Council was unable
to sell the pavilion to the footballers, so – after a long search – we
found funders who would agree to pay for the refurbishment if a lease
could be agreed on the building. It took over 9 months to set the lease
up, and then further delays meant we had to wait another six months
before we could be granted the money to start the scheme.”
Rangers football coach, Simon Crabtree said: “This is brilliant
news. The pavilion has been in a poor state for over ten years, and our
footballers were having to get changed after matches without being able
to shower as there were no showers in the building. It has taken so long
to see this project happen, but it will have been worth the wait when we
have a super new facility that will go some way to encourage more local
residents to get involved in football and other fitness sports in the
There are a
number of teams who use the pitch in New Ferry Park: New Ferry Wirral
Hotel, New Ferry Rangers Open age, New Ferry Vets, New Ferry Rangers
U14s, 11s, 10s, 9s, 7s and Under 10 girls.