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Double funding boost means bright future for Redlands

Mon 21st Feb 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

People in Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester have received a major sporting boost following the news that they will receive a cash injection of £80,175 from the Football Foundation. The grant will go towards developing a new 3rd Generation (3G) artificial pitch at Redlands Community Sports Hub, the first of its kind in the county.


An additional grant of £200,000 will come from The FA, as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England. This specific aspect of funding has been awarded to support the sustainability of community clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high quality environment.


Redlands Community Sports Hub already boasts some of the best sports facilities in South West Dorset. The addition of the new 3G pitch will allow Redlands to drive participation with early forecasts suggesting that participation on the site will increase significantly.


The Foundation’s investment will also allow Redlands to become more flexible with the range of different sports offered on site. Furthermore, the grant helps Redlands to expand car parking provisions and improve access for pedestrians and cyclists from Dorchester Road and Blenheim Road.


Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity. Launched in July 2000 the Foundation has so far supported around 8,000 community sports projects worth £945m.


Caroline Lyons, Redlands Manager, said: “We are already taking bookings for the new pitches as they will be ready for action in May. We couldn’t have installed such a great facility without the generous funding from the Football Foundation.”


Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Football Foundation, I would like to congratulate Redlands Community Sports Hub and the Dorset County FA for all the hard work that has been invested into securing this grant. Since the Football Foundation was formed, in July 2000, we have supported 129 projects in Dorset worth £4.5m.”


“It is essential that communities are able to access quality facilities where they can be safe and enjoy quality coaching. Playing sport can teach people – especially young people – essential life skills such as communication and teamwork.  These facilities are for everyone to enjoy, irrespective of the level at which they play.  However, for a talented few, they may well be where the next generation of elite players will initially hone their skills.”

(www.footballfoundation.org.uk)

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