Page 18 - Football Foundation Annual Review 2012

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The Zone inWigan received a £350,000 PLCFF grant
for a new state-of-the-art facility
One of the first projects that the PLCFF is
suppor ting is theWiganYouth Zone, a huge new
state-of-the-art facility that is being built at Mesnes
Field inWigan town centre.
The Zone will provide high quality sports, ar ts and
recreational facilities for up to 3,000 of the city’s
young people, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Funded with £350,000 from the PLCFF, the site will
include outdoor football pitches and a wide range
of indoor leisure and other activities, including a
recording studio and a gym.
The centre will go much fur ther than simply
providing enjoyable activities for young people.
It will also provide health and employment
services to support young people’s personal and
professional development.The Zone will even offer
job opportunities and work experience in the
management and delivery of those services.
Wigan Athletic Football Club’s players have also
dipped into their pocket to support the project,
donating £1m from their Premier League bonus
towards the build.
The Zone is due to open its doors toWigan’s young
people around Easter 2013.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. This building
will bring together all the young people
in Wigan and allow them to make a
great start to life.”
DaveWhelan, Chairman,Wigan Athletic Football Club
“We put £18m into a facilities fund
delivered by the Foundation; it’s
really to support clubs to empower
them to develop their work in
their communities.”
Emma Joussemet, Senior Community Development
Executive, Premier League
The Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF), funded by the Premier
League and delivered by the Football Foundation, is investing £18m over three
years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the
country.The new PLCFF-enhanced sites will also help to strengthen links between
professional football clubs and their communities, and will become venues for
the clubs’ outreach work.The Fund is open to all football club community-led
organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference,
including the Conference North and South Divisions.