New Club House for Stalybridge Celtic juniors


Cash from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, has been used to refurbish the existing clubhouse used by Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and its Saturday Soccer School.

Based alongside pitches on Mossley Road, Ashton, it now boasts two large changing rooms with showers, toilets, a referee’s room, new kitchen and a function room.

Lord Tom Pendry, former Stalybridge and Hyde MP and now president of the Football Foundation, performed the opening ceremony.

He said: “I am so delighted to see the positive effect this facility is having on grassroots sport and the community in Manchester, and pleased to meet the people dedicated to ensuring its continued success.”

Gary Pearce, chairman of Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, added: “The club would like to thank Lord Pendry for opening the new clubhouse which will benefit all the children who play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and attend our soccer school.

“It will also give us a base to develop the skills of our coaches and attract more volunteers who we depend on to make this club what it is.”

The Football Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants to improve grassroots sport since its launch in 2000.

It is funded by money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, and the FA Facilities Fund and aims to improve facilities, attract new players and strengthen links between clubs and the community.

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