14 May 2012
sport in New Ferry has received a significant boost following the
opening of the refurbished sport pavilion in New Ferry Park, funded
jointly by Biffa Award and the Football Foundation. Biffa Award’s
£45,000 grant comes from taxes paid by firms bringing rubbish to
landfill sites in the region, whilst the Football Foundation, giving
£15,000, is the country’s largest sports charity.
refurbished facility, now containing separate changing rooms for both
home and away teams with their own shower area and toilets, will allow
the football pitch in New Ferry Park to host major junior football
league tournaments which previously had to be played elsewhere because
the pavilion in New Ferry lacked showers and facilities expected by the
local Football Association. Security measures have also been installed
to deter vandalism, including roller shutters to the doors, whilst a new
security system will alert keyholders by mobile phone message if anyone
breaks into the building.
Wirral Borough Council to local football teams including New Ferry
Wirral Hotel, New Ferry Rangers Open age, New Ferry Vets, New Ferry
Rangers U14s, 11s, 10s, 9s, 7s and Under 10 girls, the refurbished
pavilion will be maintained by the clubs. An additional set of keys will
also be kept at the nearby Village Hall so that the building can be used
by the community for activities other than football.
was re-opened on Friday 11th May by rising Tranmere Football Club player
Max Power, who was invited to cut the ribbon at the ceremony. New Ferry
Rangers team coach Simon Crabtree invited Max to attend as a “young”
inspiration to the predominantly younger players in the local New Ferry
Alison McGovern said: “Sport is often a catalyst for bringing a
community together. It has a vital role to play in helping young people
develop into well rounded adults with a positive outlook on life.
Therefore I cannot think of a better use for money raised from landfill
tax, which itself helps the environment through encouraging recycling,
and I congratulate both Biffa Award and the Football Foundation for the
support given to this project.
above shows left to right:- Councillor Steve Niblock, Max Power (Tranmere
Rovers FC) cutting the ribbon, Jo-Anne Dolan (Biffa Award), Des Brown
(Biffa Award), and Simon Crabtree (New Ferry Rangers football team