VIDEO: Grant for Daventry village sports club

Ian Gidley of Crick Athletic FC, Daventry District Council Leisure Portfolio Holder Cllr Alan Hills, football club Chairman Paul Lane and DDC Community Projects Officer Tim Cantwell at the club's Multi-Use Games Area.
Ian Gidley of Crick Athletic FC, Daventry District Council Leisure Portfolio Holder Cllr Alan Hills, football club Chairman Paul Lane and DDC Community Projects Officer Tim Cantwell at the club's Multi-Use Games Area.

A football club is pushing ahead with major improvements to its facilities with support from Daventry District Council (DDC).

The council recently awarded Crick Athletic Football Club a £15,000 grant towards its plans to build a modern pavilion and changing rooms. Combined with developer contributions of £115,000 and club fundraising of £9,000, the money triggered the release of a £201,000 grant from the Football Foundation, enabling the project to go ahead.

The new pavilion marks the third phase of a scheme that began 10 years ago when Crick Parish Council offered the club a new site on Yelvertoft Road.

Club chairman Paul Lane said: “We’ve had excellent support from the Football Foundation and Sport England, but like all major funders they like to see their contributions match-funded, so the grants we have received from DDC and others have been invaluable.

“Crick Athletic Football Club has a long tradition but the village has grown significantly over the last 20 years and the club reached the stage where it needed to move in order to grow. Our junior teams provide football for ages 6 to 16 and we have two adult teams and a new walking football side for older players, and girls football is also growing rapidly, so a lot of people are benefiting from the new facilities.

“The new modern pavilion and changing rooms will create a really great community facility and allow us to grow the club even further.”

In addition to the donation to Crick, the council also awarded £9,650 to Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) towards the purchase of a new minibus.