A village football club can build itself a new pavilion and changing rooms after a grant from the top of national football.
Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, was in Crick on Friday to present a £201,123 cheque from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund to Crick Parish Council and Crick Athletic FC.
The money will go towards the construction of a new £399,505 changing room pavilion, meaning the club will no longer have to use the rundown portable building which they currently call home.
When complete the new building will complement the real grass pitches and car park built back in 2012, thanks to a £130,750 Premier League and The FA Facilities grant.
Paul Lane, chairman of Crick AFC Seniors, said: “Crick Athletic FC has benefited from the support of the Football Foundation in the last four years to help fund new football pitches and more recently new changing rooms that are currently under construction. This support has enabled Crick AFC to grow significantly, increasing its number of junior players by at least 40 per cent to 12 junior teams while at the same time introducing and developing girls football. The facilities have helped the club maintain two senior teams and recently added Walking Football.”
Mr Heaton-Harris said: “It’s great to see this funding injection from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund into my constituency. Sport plays a key role in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages, and this grant will certainly help to promote participation in the game.
“I am pleased to see money coming from the top level of the football pyramid to Crick Athletic Football Club, and I look forward to seeing the club go from strength to strength once the pavilion is complete.”
The £201,000 grant was unlocked by the club raising money in the form of £15,000 from DDC, £115,000 from developers, and fundraising of £9,000.