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Dion Dublin
BBC Sports pundit and former
Premier League and England striker.
improving facilities • creating opportunities • building communities
The Football Foundation
Whittington House, 19-30 Alfred Place,
London, WC1E 7EA
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0845 345 4555
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0845 345 7057
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enquiries@footballfoundation.org.uk
@FootballFoundtn
Registered Charity Number 1079309. Registered in England andWales. Company limited by guarantee. Company Number 3876305.
WHO’S MADE A DIFFERENCE?
STAR PLAYER STAR PLAYER STAR PLAYER
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Name
: Nigel Dixon
Position
: Chairman
Club
: Blackburn Community
Spor ts Club incorporating
Lammack Juniors FC
NIGEL SAYS:
“I have been
Chairman since the club’s formation
in 1997 and it has been a privilege
to be part of the club’s growth
from just 16 boys to the present,
where we now have over 300
members.The club has given me
so many happy memories and
rewarding moments, but by far the
most rewarding is the formation
of our disability section, to see the
physical and social development of
the youngsters, just because they
have been given an opportunity
to be part of a multi-sport club
environment, is amazing. I would
like to pay tribute to the Football
Foundation for their financial
support, which has not only helped
us to develop a fantastic facility, it
has given the club confidence to
move forward and provide more
multi-sport opportunities for all
abilities for many years to come.”
THEY SAY:
“Nigel Dixon, is a
selfless individual who is passionate
about encouraging positive
participation for all children. In his
capacity as Chairman of Blackburn
Community Sports Club, he has
been in a position to make an
immense difference in the lives of
children with disabilities, by setting
up a football club for children with
all disabilities.
“Nigel has been demonstrative in
making a huge difference in the life
of my son,Alex. He was responsible
for allowing children like Alex, to
feel, not only part of a community,
but part of a football team,
therefore, allowing him to feel like
any other lad of his age, who enjoys
the sport of football.Additionally,
Nigel organised a kick-up-athon,
to raise money for Alex to have
extra physiotherapy, following
pioneering surgery. He is an
exceptional individual, who
treats all children as part
of his family.”
Heather
Parent
Q. What is your involvement in
football now you have retired?
I’m still involved in the game,
primarily working for the BBC
as a pundit and also working for
Manchester United as an ambassador
and for the Football Foundation as
an ambassador.
Q. What makes you so
passionate about the grassroots
of the game?
It’s so impor tant that the youth of
today have open spaces to play and
enjoy football.
Q. Why are you such a keen
supporter of the Football
Foundation and their mission
to improve the country’s
community sports facilities?
I wish I had facilities like the ones the
Football Foundation are working so
hard to develop and achieve, and it’s
especially important to me because I
have personally seen them doing so
in areas I grew up in.
Q. Which team do you support
(any sport)?
Leicester Tigers (rugby union).
Q. If they could sign any
player from history, who would
you choose?
Michael Jordan or Bryan Robson.
Q. Tell us something
about yourself that would
surprise people?
I’ve got a plate in my neck made
of titanium. I manage two bands,
a gospel choir and a classical singer.