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Thanks to a £70,522 Premier League
Community Facility Fund (PLCFF) grant,
the Saints Foundation, the charitable arm of
Southampton FC, can now develop a high quality
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) for the benefit
of the local community.
The Saints Foundation encourages ‘success
through sport’ by using the power of football
to widen access to sport and provide pathways
that enable people to realise their full potential,
experience the sheer enjoyment of taking part,
and benefit from a more active lifestyle.
When complete, this new site will fulfil that
ethos. It will increase the opportunities for
young people and adults to take part in sporting
activities in a safe environment, with a focus on
football. Specifically, it will enhance St Mary’s
Church of England Primary School’s physical
education and recreation facilities, and also
create a facility that is accessible and affordable
for everyone from the immediate locality.
The site will also be integral to delivering a
community engagement programme which
is designed to support the needs of the local
community, and the wide range of social and
economic challenges that they face.
The Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF) has provided grants for
new local sports facilities for towns and cities across the country that help forge
links between professional football clubs and their local communities, with money
provided by the Premier League and delivered by the Foundation.
Grassroots sport in Barnsley is in rude health
following the opening of a new 3G artificial grass
pitch funded by a £165,000 grant from the Premier
League Community Facility Fund.
Barnsley faces significant challenges in public health,
educational attainment and unemployment, with
of local unemployed people being in the 18-
age bracket.
The 3G pitch, which is situated at Oakwell,
the home of Barnsley FC, will allow for the
continuation and growth of on-site community
initiatives delivered by Barnsley FC’s Community
Sports & Education Trust (BCSET).
BCSET work with local partners to deliver
programmes and opportunities for a range of
local people, of all abilities, across four key themes:
education; health; social inclusion and sports
participation. Initiatives include BTEC sports
coaching and apprenticeship courses like the ‘Fit
Reds’ campaign, an initiative for the over-35s to
take up sport.
Ben Mansford, Chief Executive and Chair of the
Trust, said:“
The Trust is absolutely delighted to
have received this considerable support from the
Premier League Community Facility Fund, and
other stakeholders. The delivery of the facility
was a real team effort and everyone involved
deserves praise, in particular Wayne Bullimore
and Mary Dyson of the Trust.
I look forward to seeing the pitch utilised by
the Trust, the club and the community at large,
to ensure participation and enjoyment of sport
for all, which in-turn should ensure a sustainable
legacy for the pitch at Oakwell.
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 34