Walcountians’ Clubhouse Ready for Action

Walcountians Sports Club
recently celebrated the opening of their refurbished clubhouse at the Clockhouse Ground in Reigate and Banstead.

The project was made possible thanks to a £90,538 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.

Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Arthur Hookway, officially opened the facility, and the grant has enabled Walcountians Sports Club to replace the roof of their clubhouse and refurbish the interior to provide two new self-contained changing rooms, female toilets, wheelchair accessible toilets and a new entrance lobby.

The roof also needed to be urgently replaced as the clubhouse was in danger of being closed in the winter months due to constant leaks, which posed a threat to the safety of participants.

The remodelling of the changing rooms has allowed Walcountians Sports Club, who run football, rugby, cricket, hockey and lacrosse teams, to ensure that their facilities are accessible to all members of the local community. AFC Walcountians FC, who were awarded FA Charter Standard Club of the Year for Surrey in 2010, will use the refurbished facility to help form twelve new teams, including three female teams, over the next five years.

The club worked in partnership with the Surrey FA to secure a £90,538 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Since 2000 the Football Foundation funding partners’ investment has provided 141 grants worth £10.6m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £22m across the whole of Surrey.

Peter Chmielinski, Chairman, Walcountians Sports Club, said: “I am delighted that Walcountians have been able to carry out these extensive refurbishments to our clubhouse. These developments have allowed the club to provide a safe environment for all players and officials and we will hopefully attract lots of new members from the local area as a result.”