There will be no more changing for games out in the wind and rain for the young people using Kingston’s Dinton Field.
A brand new sports pavilion, built with the support of The Football Foundation, London Marathon Charitable Trust Ltd and Kingston Council, opens for business on Thursday 30 March.
The field in Dinton Road, Kingston, is well used by local schools during the week and a vital resource for the Kingston Little (football) League at weekends. To attract funding to make improvements to the popular facility, local residents joined forces with schools, councillors and the Little League to form the Dinton Field Working Party.
The Working Party was successful in obtaining a £444,000 grant from the Football Foundation and £150,000 from the London Marathon Trust, with Kingston Council contributing a further £50,000 toward the improvement work. The generous funding has been used to provide:
A new pavilion, with changing facilities, toilets and a refreshment area, and:
Improved drainage for a better playing surface that can be used throughout the year.
A new charity, the Dinton Field Trust, has been established by the groups involved in the working party to run the pavilion and field, exclusively for use by young people.
The Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country. Funded by the FA Premier League, The Football Association, Sport England and the Government, the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity with a £45m budget going straight into the heart of football.
Peter Lee, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“This excellent new pavilion at Dinton Field will be a massive benefit to people in Kingston and the neighbouring towns. I am delighted that the Football Foundation was able to help fund the project, which will be a real boost to community sports in the area”.
Commenting on the new community facility, Scott Herbertson, Head of Leisure and Lifelong Learning in Kingston, said: “We are delighted that the time spent in establishing a good partnership and consulting with the community has resulted in this new facility. Our strategy is to build the sports facilities that young people need so that they can enjoy keeping fit and to develop their social skills in a safe environment.”