People of Ilkeston needed to pitch in with fundraising for new footy building

VISION OF THE FUTURE -- an artist's impression of the football club's new community pavilion.

VISION OF THE FUTURE -- an artist's impression of the football club's new community pavilion.

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A football club in Ilkeston needs help to raise money so that the Football Association awards it thousands of pounds to spruce up its shabby facilities.

Stanton Ilkeston Football Club has secured some funding for the £400,000 project with the help of the FA, and now have to raise £60,000 with the help of the community. The money will go towards a state-of-the-art community pavilion at the club.

Steve Lowe from Stanton Ilkeston Football Club pictured in the home team changing room.

Steve Lowe from Stanton Ilkeston Football Club pictured in the home team changing room.

The current facilities are housed in portable cabins, some of which have the ceiling hanging down. The changing rooms contain plastic chairs and one plug-in heater.

Simon O’ Connor, an under fives coach at the club which is off Union Road, said: “We need £17,000 at the minute. We ended up having to spend more because it’s a mining area and we had to have reports done. We can’t go back now, we’ve invested too much.”

The proposal is to build a community pavilion, put up a secure perimeter fence and create a second football pitch on ground that is currently scrub land.

It will be funded through many funding streams but essentially from the Football Foundation, Sport England and Stanton Ilkeston Football Club.

Steve Lowe, left and Simon O'Connor from Stanton Ilkeston Football Club pictured outside the referee changing room.

Steve Lowe, left and Simon O'Connor from Stanton Ilkeston Football Club pictured outside the referee changing room.

The club has been tasked with acquiring partnership funding to the sum of £60,000. It has currently paid out £16,000 in assorted fees and has fundraised a further £24,000 but still need to raise a further £20,000 by March 2016.

Simon said: “It’s a tall order but one the club is determined to achieve. We have the full support of The FA, Derbyshire FA and Erewash Borough Council. We just need that final push to get as much as possible. We have had pledges from big business such as Ron Brooks but one of out biggest fundraisers would have been Ilkeston Carnival.”

The club, which is home to 22 teams, from under fives to seniors, wants to encourage people in the community to be involved with the project, both in its development and once the venue is complete. This includes local businesses, community groups, whoever has the need for a green space or an indoor room.

The community pavilion will house changing rooms for players and officials alike, toilet facilities, a kitchen and a community room at the clubs pitch and facilities which are sited directly behind the Ten Pin Bowling Alley and Ron Brooks Toyota garage. It would not be just for the use of the 300 people who play football there but would also be for other groups who wanted to use it, including community police, businesses, charities, schools, sports clubs, hospitals and local clubs such as OAPs, RAF, Girl Guides and Martial Arts. The community room will be available for use by all of the local community and will make the site a sustainable option.

The next fundraising event will be at the Ilkeston Christmas lights switch on where they will have a stall with merchandise, a tombola and cakes.

For information regarding the community project, to get involved or to become a sponsor, then contact club chairman, Rob Kirk, at sifcchairman@gmail.com.

Folk can also donate at Stanton FC project website