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Chief Executive’s foreword
A year ago, I used this space to highlight the desperate state of this country’s
grassroots football facilities, which demonstrated just how critical Foundation
investment is, in terms of developing new spaces to play and rejuvenating sites
that have fallen into disrepair.
One year on, there is still a lot more work to do and the challenge is greater
because there is even less funding going towards building better community
spor ts facilities for local people.This only increases the importance of the
investment that the Foundation can offer and creates challenges for us in terms
of sourcing par tnership funding; challenges that we need to meet.
We have demonstrated that as a country we can stage stunning sporting
spectacles at the elite level, in the shape of the Olympic and Paralympic
Games.With Chelsea FC triumphing in the Champions League last season,
and the Premier League producing such phenomenally exciting and successful
enter tainment, our national game at the top level is in rude health.
As a country we must now ensure that football and other sports enjoy a strong
grassroots – crucially, with local sporting facilities of which we, as a country, can
feel proud.This is the most effective method to increase participation because it
improves the quality of their sporting experience.
Over our 12 years of operation, we at the Foundation have developed incredibly
sophisticated business systems to address this, sharing our knowledge and
exper tise with organisations around the world that have approached us,
including those from France, Germany, Holland, the United States, Australia
and South Africa.
In this Review you can read about our monitoring and evaluation systems, which
evidence how more people are taking up sport at sites that Foundation cash has
enhanced, and about our unique performance management processes that we
have developed in-house.
The most satisfying part of my job, however, is when I get out to the launch of
a facility and see the sheer joy on the faces of local youngsters as they race out
onto a brand new third generation ar tificial pitch. Or the pride in the volunteers
that have worked for years to build their community a pavilion; a dream that a
Foundation grant has helped turn into a reality.
The thousands of facilities that we have helped to build are only possible thanks
to the generosity of our funding partners, the Premier League,The FA and the
Government (via Spor t England). I would like to take this opportunity to thank
them on behalf of the grassroots game.
Please enjoy reading this Annual Review and thank you for your suppor t.
Paul Thorogood
Chief Executive
The Football Foundation Annual Review 2012