The £5m sports
facilities development at Common Edge Road has been given a financial boost by
a £250,000 grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football
The grant was awarded
in December and will help towards the cost of the new sports changing rooms and
spectator pavilion at Common Edge Playing Fields.
The Football Foundation is the United Kingdom’s
largest sports charity, channeling funding from the Premier League, The FA and
the Government into transforming the landscape of grassroots sport in England.
Councillor Kathryn Benson, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Aspirations and Community Assets said, “We are delighted to receive the financial backing from the Football Foundation to create new, state-of-the-art changing facility and spectator pavilion for our local grassroots sporting clubs. Our quality sports pitches are already being used and the feedback has been tremendous. The icing on the cake will be the changing and viewing facilities to complement the new pitches, providing a warm and modern environment in which to enjoy the games at the weekends.”
Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to
Blackpool Council towards the construction of a new changing pavilion is great
news for the local community.
“It will support
people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock
football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re committed to transforming
the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that
this funding will support Blackpool Council in developing the facilities at
Common Edge Road for their local community.
Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, Government
and Sport England – to support facility development projects like this across
the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock
the power of pitches.”
Planning consent was granted by Blackpool Council for the new changing facilities, car park, 3G floodlit pitch, rugby pitch and training area at Common Edge in June 2021. Approval in principle was similarly granted by Fylde Council in August 2021.
of the changing facilities is well underway by Conlon Construction and work on
site is progressing well and on schedule with an anticipated completion date of
June 2022, allowing the facilities to be ready for use by August 2022.
The highway works
to improve the Division Lane West/Common Edge Road junction as part of this
planning application will commence in July and more details will be released in
the coming weeks.
work for the 3G floodlight pitch and for the associated floodlight rugby pitch
is ongoing, with an estimated eight month build which will enable to facilities
to come into use in October 2022.
facilities at Jepson Way will continue in use for the new sports pitches until
the new changing facility is complete and commissioned, and will then be
demolished. Some of the original Common Edge pitches may continue in use until
Spring 2022 to provide additional capacity, until the land is needed for works
in connection with the new Eastern Gateway access.