Ingatestone's Seymour Pavilion officially re-opens after refurbishment funded by Premier League and Football Foundation
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 June 2019
A newly refurbished sports pavilion in Ingatestone hopes to ensure future generations in Brentwood have continued access to quality sports facilities.
The doors to the Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council's refurbished Seymour Pavilion officially opened last week.
It is anticipated that the refurbished pavilion will support an additional six teams playing football at the site over the next five years.
This will in turn support more 70 new affiliated players, of which nearly 30 will be competing in girls' teams.
Parish council chairman Paul Jeater said: "Prior to the parish council signing a 25-year lease for Seymour Pavilion and Field, the site was in poor repair.
"Now with thanks to the Football Foundation's grant, we have been able to create a facility that will be the pride of the parish for future generations."
The refurbishment includes the reconfiguration of the pavilion to provide two changing rooms, an officials' changing room, community hall, kitchen, toilets and storage space.
With the old facility unable to meet FA facility criteria, modernisation of the site was essential to safeguard football participation in the village.
The Seymour Pavilion in Middleton Hall Lane received investment from the Premier League and a £99,00 grant from the Football Foundation.
Chief executive of the Football Foundation Paul Thorogood said: "The support of the Premier League, The FA and government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country.
"Their funding has played a key role in delivering this refurbished changing pavilion in Ingatestone and I am delighted for everyone associated with Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council.
"Taking part in community sport at any level offers many benefits and rewards, not least the opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and socialise with different members of the community."