Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Grand opening of Worthing’s Palatine Park with Sir Trevor!

The fantastic new £1.4m football training facility is very nearly ready for its official opening on 4 April by the one and only footie hero Sir Trevor Brooking.

The opening marks a five year collaboration of Worthing council with Worthing Town Football Club (WTFC) to build eight brand new football pitches and clubhouse for Worthing’s budding footballers at Palatine Park.
The new facility to be run by WTFC (on behalf of Worthing council) will deliver a five-year football development plan to help as many prospective footballers as possible develop their football skills regardless of age or gender or ability.

the project was supported with a substantial grant of £453,399 from the Football Foundation – a sports charity funded by the FA, the Premier League and Government (via Sport England). The Council also provided funding, via Section 106 developer contributions, whilst WTFC contributed £20K, with a further £35k from Viridor Credits.

Ian Stewart, chairman of Worthing Town FC, says: “Everyone at Worthing Town is hugely excited and can’t wait to move to Palatine Park. The Football Centre will be a fantastic facility for local football players both youth and adult; male and female and is going to be something really special. The ongoing partnership with Worthing council is crucial to the success of this project and we look forward to further developing this relationship once the centre is up and running. A big thank you is also due to the FA, the Football Foundation and the Sussex County FA for their fantastic support prior to making the grant application.”

Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, Director of Football Development, adds: “The impact of such a significant investment for the Worthing community cannot be underestimated.  Quality, safe and inspiring football facilities has a massively positive ripple effect from the youngsters who play there through to the volunteers, coaches and families in the area.  It also has an inextricable link to the FA philosophies of player and coach development. Massive credit must go to those who recognised the vision and fought hard to get to this point today.”

“I am so impressed with this new development , says, Peter Latham, chief executive of Adur and Worthing councils, “it is yet another example of the investment being made in the borough. Although the new football pitches won’t be used until the start of the new football season in 2012/13 they will most definitely be worth waiting for as they are very impressive. I am really looking forward to seeing local born players graduate to the Premier League. We are most grateful to all the coaches at WTFC who volunteer their time for the younger members of the community. This project is an excellent example of Big Society in action at a local level.”

A top quality coaching programme will be also offered to local coaches who give up their time to coach players.

The 15 acre park was originally laid out in 1960 and offered four football pitches, a pavilion, play area, and car park.
Worthing Town FC provides football activities for boys and girls from 5 years old to veterans (over 35’s).  In addition, local business and community groups will be able to hire the new clubhouse building for meetings etc.  Anyone who is interested in either joining the club or hiring the facilities should visit the club website www.pitchero.com/clubs/worthingtownfootballclub or alternatively call the Club Secretary on 01903 523880

Worthing Town Football Club  – www.pitchero.com/clubs/worthingtownfootballclub/

Viridor Credits Environmental Company was established in 2001 to distribute money from landfill taxes generated by landfill operator Viridor. The landfill tax is levied on landfill operators for every tonne of waste put into landfill in a bid to encourage higher levels of recycling and waste prevention.  Landfill operators are able to use a percentage of the Landfill Tax to provide funding for environmental bodies, such as Viridor Credits, who can then distribute these funds to qualifying local community projects across the UK. In the ten years of operating, Viridor Credits has distributed £80million to projects like these. Viridor Credits is looking for further projects to fund located within 10 miles of Viridor-managed landfill sites. Community groups can  visit www.viridor-credits.co.uk, call 01823 624656, email enquiries@viridor-credits.co.uk or write to Viridor Credits Environmental Company, Aintree House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2PX for more information.