New facilities at Potters Bar Town will be a 'legacy to the club for the next 50 years'
PUBLISHED: 11:56 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:58 18 June 2018
Potters Bar Town have unveiled their new changing rooms and clubhouse facilities with chairman Peter Waller calling them a legacy for the next 50 years.
The work, made possible by investment from the Premier League, delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), as well as Sport England and member donations, brings a wealth of changes to the club’s Pakex Stadium.
Players, officials and members will now benefit from new modern changing rooms, a first-aid room, kitchen and disabled toilet.
The remodelling of the clubhouse has also enabled the extension of its existing clubroom area and replaces old and out-dated facilities, originally built in 1982.
Other improvements, such as replacing a leaking roof, old boilers and insulation, mean the running of the club will be more cost-effective.
Waller, who completed 50 years of voluntary service for the club in September 2017, said: “We are indebted to the FSIF, Sport England and the Premier League for having the vision to work together on this project and produce a new building that will be our legacy to the club for the next 50 years.”
It is hoped that the work will help both the Scholars’ senior and youth teams and support the efforts to engage and retain players, as well as encourage new spectators.
It is also hoped that other users will benefit.
The project was made possible by a £150,000 grant from the Premier League, as well as £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund and £100,000 raised through donations and support from Hertsmere Borough councillors.
Peter McCormick OBE, chairman of the FSIF, said: “Thanks to investment from the Premier League, the FSIF is able to support projects that improve the experience of players, officials and spectators at lower levels of the game.
“Potters Bar Town FC’s clubhouse upgrade is an excellent example of how this can be achieved.
“It’s wonderful to hear that the club’s improvement project not only benefits them, by giving players and fans access to more comfortable facilities and meeting the necessary criteria, but will also provide a better venue for other local sides and organisations.
“I’d like to congratulate Peter Waller and the club for their hard work in making this a reality.”