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£600,000 pavilion boost for AFC Barwell

posted Jun 13, 2013, 5:39 AM by AFC Barwell   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 8:27 AM ]


A new era is dawning for AFC Barwell after the official opening of their new £600,000 pavilion.
Barwell parish councillor Andy Ellis and outgoing secretary Karen Hollings had the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the building at their Dovecote Way venue

Barwell, one of the county's premier Charter Standard clubs, have around 300 youngsters, playing across 25 teams and at various venues across the area.

The new pavilion realises the vision of providing a permanent home for the next generation of young footballers in the area, as well as providing a great facility for the community.

Neal Fletcher, club chairman, said: "This would not have been possible without the help of a number of dedicated people on the club committee, as well as the hard work of the parish council and funding from Leicestershire & Rutland County FA and the Football Foundation.

"We thank all those people and are very grateful to them in helping to provide a wonderful opportunity for our club."

As part of the development, new playing surfaces have also been introduced and the club plans an open day in the summer to officially mark the start of the new season at their new home.

Darren Finney, the club's football development officer, said the facility was fantastic and hoped that it would encourage even more young footballers from the area to come along.

He added: "As one of the first Charter Standard clubs in the county, we work closely with the County FA to make sure all of our coaches are educated to the highest possible level.

"We want to make sure the young people have the best possible experience every time they set foot on to the pitch."

The club welcomes new players of all ages, both boys and girls. For further details contact secretary Steve Purkiss on  07717 675546