A clubhouse extension will transform the matchday experience for players and fans of Old Bradwell United FC in Milton Keynes. The building, which was officially opened recently (Saturday 1 December 2018), was made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The investment has allowed Old Bradwell United FC, who play in the Spartan South Midlands League at Step 7, to upgrade their changing facilities for both players and officials, making them fully compliant with FA regulations and allowing the club to continue competing at their current level.
The original clubhouse offered two sub-standard team changing rooms, both with small shower areas and no toilet provision. The improvements made not only meet the requirements of Step 7 but would also suit demands beyond this if the club were to secure promotion in the future.
Old Bradwell United FC currently operates two adult teams, with a first team squad and then a development team which competes in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division Two East.
The new facilities will benefit all the players at Old Bradwell United FC, as well as partner clubs Interact FC and Five Star Newton Leys FC, who compete in the NCH Milton Keynes Sunday League. In the summer months Old Bradwell Cricket Club will also use the refurbished clubhouse.
The project was made possible by a £50,000 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.
Clive Carter, Chairman of Old Bradwell United FC, said: “The club has continued to evolve and move forward over recent seasons and without this major grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League, our very existence was under threat, as we would have been unable to sustain and offer the current level of football to our ever improving players and teams.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I’m delighted for everyone associated at Old Bradwell United FC that this project has now been completed. The changing pavilion refurbishment has secured the future of the club playing at Abbey Road and the improved facilities will be enjoyed by a wide range of people.
“Through the FSIF, investment from the Premier League is being used to improve the infrastructure at lower levels of the game. This is being achieved through projects just like Old Bradwell United FC’s development, which are improving the experiences of players and spectators all over the country.”