PLAYERS and supporters of a St Helens football club are eagerly anticipating the grand opening of their new £52,000 home.
Until recently, Rainford Rangers have had to depend on facilities at local schools. But now club chiefs are eagerly counting down the days to September 11 – when they are set to mark the official opening of their new Jubilee recreation ground home.
The new ground, which includes five football pitches, was paid for, in part, by a £16,885 grant from the Football Foundation, which is backed by the Premier League, FA and the Government.
Rainford Rangers chairman Graham Fenney said: “We sincerely thank the Football Foundation, Sport England, Rainford Ward Committee and our sponsors for making our vision become reality. I thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.
“We will now be able to continue with our development plan to double our membership in the next five years, by increasing participation in the Under-6 academy, and extending our age range to Under-18. In addition to expanding the range of boys teams, we are also going to establish girls football in our community.”
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation said: “We are delighted Rainford Rangers and the community will have access to these new facilities.
“Since the Foundation was set up in 2000 it has worked with the Liverpool FA to support 143 grassroots projects across the area with grants worth £11m. These grants have attracted further partnership funding of £40m.”