Monday 23 March 2015
St Peter’s in heaven as Jersey boy Le Saux praises “excellent facilities”
Graeme Le Saux was full of praise as St Peter’s FC’s refurbished changing room pavilion was officially opened recently (Friday 20 March). The project was made possible thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
Le Saux, former England and Chelsea defender, complimented the work of St Peter’s FC and the FSIF in bringing the project to fruition. The previous changing facilities at the Rue Des Vignes Sports Ground were small and did not meet FA National League System grading criteria. The club, who currently play in the Jersey Combination League, recognised the urgent need to renovate their changing facilities if they wanted to progress, and support from the FSIF has allowed them to do exactly this.
FSIF funding has enabled St Peter’s FC to reconfigure and extend the existing building to create modern, clean and comfortable facilities suitable for their five senior teams and 250-strong junior section. The clubhouse now comprises two large changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, spectator toilets and physiotherapy room. The extension also contains new shower facilities and plant storage and adds to the existing community room’s kitchen and bar facilities.
The completion of refurbishment works at St Peter’s FC is the second boost in a week for grassroots football in Jersey, following the opening of a new full-size 3G pitch at the Springfield Stadium, St Helier, thanks to a £400,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the FSIF’s sister organisation.
Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Graeme Le Saux, former Chelsea player and Football Foundation Ambassador, commented: “Born in Jersey, naturally I am delighted to hear of St Peter’s FC’s changing room pavilion refurbishment. In my role as a Football Foundation Ambassador, I have visited many amateur clubs previously and seen first-hand just how important good facilities are to the grassroots game in this country.
“It’s great to see money from the top of the game being invested into supporting the growth of amateur clubs. The Premier League, through the FSIF, is working to provide clubs with facilities that get more people playing football which supports the growth and development clubs throughout the National Football League system.”
“Everyone involved in the project from St Peter’s FC, Jersey FA and FSIF, deserve huge credit for what they’ve helped to achieve and I look forward to watching the club go from strength to strength over the coming years thanks to these excellent facilities.”
Paul Crowell, Treasurer, St Peter’s FC, said: “Without the financial support and the guidance given by the FSIF it is unlikely that a small amateur club such as ours would have been able to end up with such excellent facilities. This will provide a good base for the matches we are hosting in the Island Games 2015 to be held in Jersey from 27th June to 3rd July.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “St Peter’s FC’s refurbished changing room pavilion is a perfect example of how the Premier League, through the FSIF, are supporting local communities and amateur clubs. Players and officials will now be able to change in a safe and comfortable environment and this will help football on the island to go from strength to strength over coming years. I’d like to congratulate all members of St Peter’s FC who have worked so hard to provide a healthy future for both their club and the local Jersey community.”
For more information contact:
- Paul Crowell on 01534 863 997 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or email@example.com