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England and Manchester
City goal keeper, Joe
Hart, took time out to
unveil AFC Urmston
Meadowside’s Football
Foundation-funded pavilion
in Manchester.
Joe said:
“It’s tremendous to be opening
this new facility for AFC Urmston
Meadowside – and to see the excitement
on all the youngsters’ faces here today.
“Grassroots football is where we all start
out, so it is so important that investment
goes into community sports sites like this
one.And of course sport has lots of wider
benefits for young people and society as
a whole.”
AFC Urmston Meadowside, who provide
football for over 650 players and run 50
teams, now boast a new state-of-the-art
sports pavilion.This includes: six accessible
changing rooms; officials’ changing rooms;
and a community room that will be used
to facilitate club meetings, coach education,
school functions and local community
groups’ events.
The club worked in partnership with
the Manchester County FA to secure a
£521,178 grant from the Foundation.
Joe added:
“The Foundation and the
Manchester FA are doing a fantastic job,
with the funding they get fromThe FA,
Premier League and Government, to raise
the standard of facilities throughout the
grassroots game. Long may it continue.”
The club has collected a string of accolades
in recent years, including Manchester FA
Community Club of theYear on three
occasions, as well as NorthWest England
FA Community Club of theYear twice. In
2009 they were crowned the National FA
Community Club of theYear.
DavidWright,Vice Chair and Fundraising
Manager at AFC Urmston Meadowside,
added:
“The new sports pavilion is our
pride and joy, the culmination of a lot
of hard work, fundraising and dedication
by the many volunteers that run this
community football club.We would like
to thank all those people who helped us
along the way, but particularly our friends
at the Foundation,The FA and Sport
Trafford for their immense support in
making our new clubhouse dream become
a reality.”
Colin Bridgford, CEO at Manchester FA,
said:
“We have worked closely with
our partners at the Foundation over
many years.This has seen £12m being
provided to improve grassroots facilities
across Manchester, and this is also at the
heart of The FA’s key priorities, outlined
in their National Game Strategy.This
outstanding new facility is a credit to
the outstanding work of the volunteers
at AFC Urmston Meadowside.”
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England keeper gets
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