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Tottenham Hotspur FC andthe Tottenham
Hotspur Foundation in London received a £258,795
PLCFF grant forthree new community grass pitches
Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new, world-class training
ground will provide 70,000 hours of community
programmes that engage some of the area’s most
vulnerable and disadvantaged people. A centre of
excellence that will provide sports participation
and education for disabled athletes is also being
developed on-site.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s (THF)
community work will also benefit from having
access to the artificial grass pitch, the learning
centre, the educational space and the
changing rooms.
The funding was jointly awarded toTottenham
Hotspur Public Limited Company and the THF,
which delivers community projects on behalf of
the club.
“The new state-of-the-art training
centre, combined with the club’s
commitment to the area through the
section 106, will provide a massive boost
to the local community and ensure that
more local people can have access to
high quality sports facilities.”
AlexWhite, Community Development Manager,
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Stretford Sports Village in Manchester received
a £350,000 PLCFF grant for a new community
multi-sport complex
The Stretford Spor ts Village now boasts a full-size
floodlit third generation ar tificial grass pitch after
the Manchester United Foundation (MUF), in
conjunction with Stretford High School and Trafford
Borough Council applied to the PLCFF.
The school had always suffered from a very poor
provision of spor ts facilities, despite being situated
in the shadow of two of the city’s major sporting
landmarks: Manchester United and Lancashire
County Cricket Club’s Old Trafford stadiums.
The Spor ts Village is based right next to the
school, meaning that its pupils and the wider local
community now have the benefit of some of the
finest spor ts facilities in the region.
As well as the artificial grass pitch, additional
par tnership funding has been secured which has
developed a four-badminton cour t sized spor ts
hall; a fitness suite; a dance studio; changing
accommodation and a junior-size real grass pitch.
A Football Development Plan has been developed
by MUF and theTrafford LeisureTrust to outline how
the facilities will be used. It also details how MUF will
deliver community cohesion, education, health and
sports participation outreach work at the site.
The SportsVillage will also be a venue for the
Manchester County FA Coach Education programme.
“The Premier League Community
Facility Fund is all about providing
sports facilities that reinvigorate local
communities. So this £18m of funding,
which is available to 160 clubs, across
seven divisions of English football, is
investment that will have a lasting impact.
“Stretford High School will also be
Manchester United Foundation’s eighth
base for their magnificent Hub of the
Community work.”
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive,
Premier League
“The great thing about the Premier
League is that they’ve been doing this
kind of work for a long time now. The
Stretford Sports Village is a fantastic
facility for young people.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager, Manchester United
Football Club
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