Energy efficient clubhouse unveiled by football star

LEAMINGTON Football Club welcomed former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown to the New Windmill Ground on Wednesday, where he officially unveiled a new-look clubhouse.

Having made a career out of tackling on the pitch, the sports star was on hand to help the club tackle its spiralling energy use and lower its utility bills, after fans’, players’ and members’ nominations helped it win a £40,000 energy makeover from E.ON.

More than 700 clubs across the UK were nominated, but Leamington impressed a panel of independent judges to win by successfully demonstrating how an energy makeover would benefit the club and community.

Keown said: “All football clubs are looking at ways to save money and become more sustainable. Clubs like Leamington are not only vital to the local community, they also provide a crucial lifeline for the future success of football in this country.

“They’re the breeding ground for the next generation of players, but if clubs like this fold due to increasing costs, then we will cut off the main artery of talent emerging through the ranks.”

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As well as an insulated loft and more efficient boilers, the club now has improved lighting, thermostatic controls, new radiators and shower controls.

Club chairman Jim Scott said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Martin Keown to the New Windmill Ground to unveil our new clubhouse. Our long term aim is to continue to develop the facilities so the club continues to be an integral and focal part of the area.

“We want our club to be at the heart of the community. This will only be possible if it stands on a sound financial footing which we’re confident these changes will help ensure.

“Chelsea and Manchester City aside, when you’re running a football club these days every penny counts, so the work E.ON has done for us should really help the club make valuable savings.”

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A study by E.ON. revealed that a typical amateur football club in the UK can shave £1,000 a year off its energy bill by making a few simple changes. To find out how the company can help reduce energy costs, visit www.eonenergyfit.com