Former World Cup referee Howard Webb MBE unveiled Mansfield Hosiery Mills Sports and Social Club’s brand new £250,000 changing room pavilion.
The project was made possible thanks to a £132,315 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
A further £50,000 grant was provided by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
Howard Webb MBE, who refereed both the World Cup and Champions League finals in 2010, cut the ribbon at the new facility which is now regarded as one of the best multi-sport complexes in Nottinghamshire.
Russell Booth, club chairman, said the new facilities would help the club grow even further in the future.
“The new changing pavilion is a fantastic facility and is the best in the area,” he said.
“It is a just reward for all of the hard work our committee, players and parents have put in over the last four years which has allowed the club grow from nothing to eight teams.
“MHMFC are now well on course to achieve FA Charter Standard Community Club status, an ambition of the club since its formation in 2010.
“The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and FSIF were fundamental in getting this project off the ground and, with other local partners, have been instrumental in developing this new facility and is a great fillip to us and local grassroots sport.
“It was an honour to have Howard Webb MBE officially open our new facility. Securing a high-profile figure from the football world was ideal and it has stimulated further interest in our club and local sport.”
The changing pavilion compromises of two changing rooms, two officials’ rooms, spectator toilets, a clubroom, kitchen, medical room and plant storage.
The new pavilion will enable Mansfield Hosiery Cricket Club and Mansfield Hosiery Mills Football Club (MHMFC) to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all of its members and visiting teams.