Grassroots Projects Get £7m from the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund
Wed 8th Oct 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
The £7m investment will develop new sports facilities, such as floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs) and modern changing rooms, right across the country.
The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £7 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This will support 88 grassroots facility projects across the country, worth £31 million. This is the second tranche of funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, following a £5.8m investment into 67 projects in June.
The investment will help develop new sports facilities, such as floodlit third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGPs) and modern changing rooms, right across the country (see Notes to Editors for full list of grant awards.)
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players, as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new facilities help to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs' community trust outreach work.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.
Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Equalities, said: “This investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government is going to make a huge difference to community sport up and down the country. The state-of-the-art 3G pitches will encourage greater participation all-year round as well as help develop the next generation of talent.”
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “Through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, the Premier League continues to invest in grassroots football and in doing so lays the foundations for the future development of football in England. Our commitment to the grassroots game is unprecedented and unparalleled with hundreds of millions of pounds being invested by us into the game which benefits communities across the county.
“Thanks to the outreach work of professional clubs, not only do the facilities help to improve the experience of grassroots football, but they also promote good health, educational opportunities and social cohesion. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get themselves involved in the game, and with professional clubs, schools and casual players enjoying the excellent facilities the Premier League helps fund, we will achieve that aim.”
Alex Horne, General Secretary of The FA, said: “The investment by The FA through the Football Foundation continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country. This latest tranche of funding presents even more opportunities to boost grassroots and deliver a highly efficient investment programme into facilities across the country.”
Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “I'm really pleased that once again so many great grassroots projects are benefitting from this Fund. We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities to play on and this Fund is really helping do that. By ensuring good quality facilities are available in local communities across the country we're not only improving the sporting experience of existing players, we're also helping attract new ones.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation – the charity that delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund – said: “The role of the Football Foundation is to ensure that this critical funding is invested into areas where it will have the greatest impact in terms of supporting the grassroots game and regenerating local communities. This investment will help to provide first-class facilities in some of the most deprived areas of the country, providing links with professional football clubs to help improve the sporting experience for local people and have a positive effect on their health in the process.”
Posted by: Kev Howland
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