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Football can play a key role in helping
heal the rifts which have divided our
communities in the last year, according to
Gareth Southgate.
Some of the blame for last year’s
riots in cities across England has been
appor tioned to an apparent breakdown in
communication between young people and
the older generations.
And The FA’s Head of Elite Development,
speaking at the opening of Reeth and
District Community Spor ts Club’s new
facility in Nor thYorkshire, believes
community facilities built for spor t can help
bridge the growing gap.
“An event like this allows every generation
in the local area to come together.
“It’s just so important to get the whole
community together in this way, so that
people can mix and talk and so that
youngsters see that they have role models
on their own doorstep.
“I think it’s also important that sport is
the focus, with the impact it has with
regards to health, leadership, teamwork
or just creating a sense of belonging.”
The new spor ts pavilion and floodlit multi-
use games area in Reeth, near Richmond,
was par t-financed by a £344,000 grant
from the Foundation, with help and vital
suppor t from the Nor th Riding FA.
He added:
“The clubhouse is great but
to have an all-weather facility with lights,
especially here in the north of England,
is fantastic.They can play tennis here
and other sports, so although it’s funded
by the Foundation it is a multi-sport
facility too.That’s fantastic because we’re
looking for kids to play sport as much as
possible; we’re not just looking to create
elite players.
“It’s always difficult in an area like this
to get the players in the number you
need, but if you have a really good facility
like this one, kids will come that little bit
further to use it.
“Where the clubhouse is great is that
people stay around longer and mix
together. Even if there’s poor weather,
they can go inside and interact.
“Investment in pitches is crucial but
there is this massive social aspect to
sport as well.”
Derek Pollard, the Club’s Project Manager,
“We are extremely grateful to
Gareth Southgate for attending our
opening and agreeing to present the club’s
awards.The appearance of a well-known
sports personality is a real boost to sport
in a rural area.
“Without the support from the
Foundation from the outset, the project
would have been unlikely to succeed.This
strong initial backing from the Foundation
was instrumental to us raising the
necessary match-funding from our
other partners.”
Foreign Secretary Rt HonWilliam Hague MP did the
honours at an official opening of theWeavers Pavilion,
Brompton, Nor thaller ton.
The new building, run by the Brompton Recreation Association,
will now provide changing rooms, toilets, showers and a
meeting room for organisations using the Recreation Ground.
The main beneficiaries of the facility will be the youngsters at
Brompton Junior FC.The club runs a number of teams for boys
and girls, ranging from Under-5 to Under-18 level.
The new pavilion replaces two existing temporary structures
that failed to supply shower and toilet facilities and were
considered inappropriate for mixed use.
The project was funded with the help of a £184,589
grant from the Foundation after the Brompton Recreation
Association worked with the Nor th Riding FA to apply. An
additional Whole Spor t Plan grant of £102,000 came fromThe
FA, as par t of its agreement with Spor t England.
Steve Caisley, Chairman of Brompton Junior FC, said:
have been desperate for a permanent building for 20 years
and without the Foundation’s help it would never have
materialised. Now we have our very own fantastic pavilion
that will be used by children playing football at Brompton for
many years to come.”
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