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Le Saux Gives Surrey Football Club a Boost

Tue 2nd Jul 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Former England and Chelsea defender, Graeme Le Saux, gave Surrey football club Hambedon FC a boost, by presenting them with a cheque for £5,000 at his first event as an official Football Foundation Ambassador.

Hambledon FC, who received a £99,999 grant from the Foundation last year towards a new pavilion, have now received additional funding through the ‘Grow the Game’ scheme, for the development of a new ‘A’ team for the younger players at the club, as well as a new Sunday league team.

Le Saux, who made a combined total of 485 appearances for Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton during his career, scoring 24 goals, presented the cheque to club members during a visit to the site.

Hambledon FC has been running for over a 100 years and has played at its current location at Feathercombe Farm since the 1950s, supporting football in the local community.

Over the years, the club received numerous complaints about the lack of adequate toilet and changing facilities as well as the lack of facilities for women or disabled teams.

After receiving funding from the Foundation, the new building – which is nearing completion – will contain two dual-gender changing rooms, each with en-suite shower and toilets, an officials’ changing room, a clubroom with a kitchen and storage provision. The new facility will enable the club to offer broader football opportunities to embrace the local community, and will allow for women’s and girls’ football to be developed.

Graeme Le Saux said: “It was fantastic to be able to present Hambledon FC with a ‘Grow the Game’ cheque that will help them to create new teams who will benefit from their brand new pavilion.

“Dedicated local players and clubs deserve top quality facilities and funding from the Football Foundation can help kick-start brilliant grassroots football projects, like this one in Hambledon.

“Being a Football Foundation Ambassador is very natural for me – it’s a real privilege. Grassroots is an easy connection for me to make, it’s what gave me my first contact and connection with the sport.

“It’s great to see funding from the Foundation and their funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England, making such a difference at the grassroots level of the game.”

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 9,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Matt Kiley, Secretary of Hambledon FC, said: “Hambledon FC are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a Grow the Game Grant from the Football Foundation. Hambledon will be looking to set up a new team for the 2013/14 season to help the development of Youth players into Adult football. The club would like to thank Caroline McRoyall from the Surrey FA for her support.”

“Hambledon FC would like to thank the Football Foundation for supporting grassroots football in our area with these grants.

“Our lack of quality facilities meant we regularly lost our best players because we couldn’t progress up the leagues. Once the new clubhouse is complete, we will really be able to move the club forward as well as offer football to everyone in the community.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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