Poppleton JFC Community Sports Pavilion Project

The new Sports Pavilion

The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, was on hand to celebrate the official opening of our new state-of-the-art sports complex. The grand unveiling of the site took place at 2pm on Saturday 10th September 2011 at Poppleton Community Sports Pavilion, Millfield Lane.

A very proud day for Val Duggan as The Archbishop of York officially opens the new Sports Pavilion

Originally the club utilised two green portakabins which lasted for a number of years but eventually they gave way to the elements and the dream to build our own permanent clubhouse began.

It started with a plan

The project started many years ago and with the help of our dedicated un-paid volunteers who included Carol Newman, Val Duggan, Mike & Mel Walshaw, Don Smith, Jess & Neil Fairclough, Jim Ferguson, Michelle Neryd, Neil Blondrage, Jon Dunning, Phil Richardson, Helen Crompton, Stuart Armstrong together with many others, all the planning and fundraising efforts which included sportsmans' dinners, bag packing, car washing and truck pulls, helped to make that dream a reality.

York City manager Gary Mills was on hand in Nov 2010 to start the digging

After many many meetings the applications for the planning permission and the funding were submitted to the appropriate bodies and when all was approved the first shovel of earth was dug by York City manager Gary Mills in November 2010.

It was a day that the club had worked very hard for - The building work had begun!

The new facilities include a four-changing room clubhouse with meeting and training areas, as well as official’s changing rooms and catering facilities. The project will benefit in excess of 350 players and the 25 teams who play at our club.

The foundations are laid and the building begins to take shape

The project was funded with the help of a £225,000 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

The steelwork is put into position

An additional grant of £150,000 came from The FA, as part of their capital
allocation within the 'Whole Sport Plan' agreed with Sport England. This specific
aspect of funding has been awarded to support the sustainability of community
clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high
quality environment.

We already had great pitches at Poppleton that are expertly maintained by our multi award winning groundsman Jim Ferguson and this was an opportunity to add to the facilities for our young footballers to enjoy. Furthermore the community sports pavilion is also being used by non-footballers through the clubs' link with The Poppleton Centre and because we are part of a registered charity, The Poppleton Community Trust.

The build progresses to first floor level

The roof is on

Coming along nicely in April 2011

Val Duggan, Club Secretary at Poppleton JFC, said: “These new facilities are the culmination of a lot of hard work over the past three years by a lot of dedicated and enthusiastic people. On behalf of everyone associated with Poppleton JFC, I would like to extend my thanks to the Football Foundation and all our funders who have made this dream a reality.”

Time called on the old 'Clubhouse'

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted
that Poppleton JFC and the local community will have access to these fantastic
new facilities and commend the club and the North Riding County FA for their
hard work in making this happen.”

(From l to r) Jim Ferguson, Michael Ingham and Paddy McLoughlin from York City FC, Val Duggan, Paul Thorogood from the Football Foundation

The clubhouse was recently featured by the Football Foundation as an example of just what can be achieved when a dedicated bunch of people get together for the benefit of their local community. You can watch a short film of the club here

The community sports pavilion is now in full use every week with the main room being used for Birthday Parties, Pilates, Baby Ballet, Cake Decorating classes and its also hired out to local companies for 'out of office' training days and meetings.

At weekends the football club comes to life and as our footballers learn new skills there is always a hot mug of tea and a bacon butty available from our Cafe for our equally dedicated parents to enjoy.

Many hours of planning and preparation went into this project and with the help and assistance of City of York Council, The FA, the Football Foundation, North Riding County FA, Poppleton Community Trust, the Parish Councils of Upper and Nether Poppleton, the imaginitive design of Paul Butler from Paul Butler Architects Ltd and local Poppleton based builders JM Butler Ltd who organised the build, the Community Sports Pavilion was completed on time and within budget. 

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