From near extinction to ecstasy for Denton Town FC
Recently, Andrew Gwynne MP and Lord Pendry of Stalybridge were present at Denton Town FC to officially open the clubs newly refurbished clubhouse. The project was made possible thanks to a £17,500 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, and Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation – the FSIFs sister organisation – joined club members to celebrate the completion of improvement works. Funding from the FSIF has enabled Denton Town FC to completely rebuild their old clubhouse. The refurbished building now incorporates modern changing rooms, a new lounge area, heating system and toilet facilities with disabled access for spectators.
The club can now provide a safe and comfortable environment for future generations of local players and also a clubroom that can be used by community groups and organisations. Denton Town FCs committee will be looking to make further improvements to the clubs facilities in order to maintain the club as a source of pride for the Denton community and attract more local participants.
Funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the countrys 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. Since 2000 the Football Stadia Improvement Fund has provided 11 grants worth £680,000 towards grassroots sports projects worth over £1.1m across Tameside.
Dave Starkie, Secretary and Vice Chairman, Denton Town FC, said: Thanks to the funding from the FSIF, this project has gone from a pipe dream to reality in a few short months. Without their help and assistance, the club would have ceased to exist due to the extent of the damage of our old clubhouse.
After initial worries about the team being unable to start the season due to lack of facilities, we are now in a position where we can welcome teams and spectators to a brand new facility that the whole community can be proud of.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, reflected: It was a real honour to visit Denton Town FC to celebrate the completion of refurbishment works at their clubhouse. The new facility will be an excellent resource for both local grassroots football and community to use for many years to come. I am very grateful to the FSIF for their investment into my constituency and to the members of Denton Town FC who have worked so hard to make this project a reality.
Lord Pendry remarked: This wonderful facility was only made possible thanks to money from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the largest funders of non-league football in the country. The FSIF, solely funded by the Premier League, has carried out excellent work across the country for many years and the refurbishment here at Denton is yet another example of how the FSIF is helping transform non-league football facilities.
The club can now provide a safe and comfortable environment for future generations of local players and also a clubroom that can be used by community groups and organisations. Denton Town FC will remain a source of pride for the Denton community and hopefully attract more local participants.