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Former England international and current Director
of Football Development at The FA, Sir Trevor
Brooking, joined members of Wyrley Junior
Football Club at the official opening of their
new facilities.
The new facility in South Staffordshire includes
a clubhouse, changing rooms and four new grass
pitches. It will enableWyrley Juniors FC to run up to
16 football teams as well as provide club members
and local residents with a quasi-village hall, which will
also be used for training future football coaches.
The project was funded with the help of a massive
£918,000 grant from the Foundation, with assistance
coming from the Staffordshire County FA.
Sir Trevor said:
“It is important to be able to come
to Foundation events like this one atWyrley
Juniors FC. Grassroots football is the lifeblood of
the game – it is where we all start!”
“It is extremely important that youngsters
have regular access to high quality facilities to
develop their personal skills.The funding from
the Foundation has made that possible for the
youngsters here in Staffordshire.”
The club has links withWalsall Football Club
and recently, six of their players have been
signed by the League One club, highlighting the
impor tance of the grassroots game for aspiring
professional footballers.
Keith Hardy, Chairman of Wyrley Juniors FC, said:
“The development took over ten years of hard
graft, determination and a lot of fundraising to turn
a dream into a reality.The new facility will allow the
club to grow further and allow young people of any
ability to enjoy football in a safe environment.”
KICK-OFF: FACILITIES
Sir Trevor opens new
£918,000 facilities
in Staffordshire
The Foundation’s Facilities Scheme supports the
building or refurbishment of large-scale grassroots
facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing
surfaces, with money provided by The FA and the
Government (via Sport England).
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