Thorpe St Andrew Football Club set to unveil new changing room in memory of its late president

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A local grassroots football club based on the outskirts of Norwich is set to open its new changing room this weekend.

The announcement comes ahead of St Andrews FC's first-team fixture, where they will face Wroxham FC.

The pavilion's opening is being held in honour of the club's late President, Ian Bishop, and his former wife Rita will be there to officially open the event.

The new multi-purpose pavilion includes new clubhouse amenities, kitchen facilities, spectator toilets and storage equipment, alongside fresh team and officials' changing rooms.

Construction work on the new changing room facility was given the go ahead after a grant of £76,053 was made available to the club by the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

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Funding the development of new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities is the Football Foundation's primary focus and their sister organisation, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), also invested £19,463.

Since its launch in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport. And because of its success, a wealth of additional partnership funding has been attracted to the cause to further boost these efforts.

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The contributions have also proved significant on a regional level, with Norfolk receiving over £16m worth of funds in that time.

For St Andrews FC, who play Step Seven football in the Anglian Combination League, this injection of cash had allowed the refurbishment of the old changing facility, which had grown dilapidated and run-down, to go ahead.

The team currently sit eighth in the Almary Green Anglian Combination Premier Division and, following the opening of their brand new pavilion, face their weekend opponents Wroxham FC Reserves, who are currently perched in third place.

The unveiling of the new pavilion will take place this weekend on Saturday March 11 at 1pm at Thorpe Recreation Ground, Laundry Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich.

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