Birmingham City Council has secured a share of £16.5 million National Lottery funding from Sport England to help build new changing rooms at one of the city’s parks.
The council has been awarded £78,169 grant funding towards a £300,000 scheme to build the new facilities at Cofton Park, where there are football pitches. Work is expected to get under way before the end of 2015.
Consisting of two changing rooms, referees’ changing facilities and community/meeting room, the new building will replace previous changing facilities based in a barn located within the car park, which have been out of use for a number of years.
Sport England is sharing the £16.5 million funding among 149 projects to help improve facilities and playing fields across the country.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in securing this crucial funding, which will help ensure we can build changing facilities at this well-used park which are fit for purpose.
“As a council, we place a great deal of emphasis on promoting healthier lifestyles among Birmingham residents and we are extremely fortunate to have so many parks and green spaces in which people can undertake a wide range of sporting activities, including Cofton Park.”
The announcement comes as Sport England revealed that it has reached a major funding milestone, having invested £5 billion in grassroots sport since 1994.
Sport England property director Charles Johnston said: “£5 billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that that money supports which are really important. We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.
“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country. By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can pay sport, more often.”