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Foundation Ambassador
Georgie returns to
Suffolk to open pitch
TV presenter and Football Foundation Ambassador, Georgie Bingham, who
was the main TV anchor for the 2012 Paralympic games, returned to Kesgrave
High School in Suffolk to open a new state-of-the-art playing surface.
Georgie, Sky News and talkSPORT presenter, visited the school in July 2012 to
present a cheque from the Foundation to the school. She said:
“It is fantastic
to come back to Kesgrave High School to see the impact of the funding
from the Foundation; last time I was here just a few months ago this was
just a field!”
The completed facility is a full size third generation artificial grass pitch that
can easily be divided into three training areas or pitches for different forms
of match play.
Georgie added:
“State-of-the-art facilities, like this pitch at Kesgrave
High School, are important not just for schools, but for local clubs and
communities too. Quality facilities encourage more people to get involved
in the game at the grassroots level.
“Dreams are made on the football pitch at grassroots level. Grassroots
is where people develop their love for the game. I really believe that an
England star of the future will learn his or her trade on this pitch.”
The club worked in partnership with the Suffolk FA to secure a £306,216
grant from the Foundation. Since the Foundation was set up in 2000 it has
worked closely with the Suffolk FA to support 135 grassroots sports projects
across the county with grants wor th £5.9m.These grants have attracted
fur ther partnership funding of £8.6m into the area’s grassroots.
Nigel Burgoyne, Head Teacher of Kesgrave High School, said:
“This is a
fantastic new facility that will greatly enhance the opportunities for training
and playing football, for both pupils at the school and a wide range of local
football club teams.
“It will also provide a facility for Suffolk FA training programmes.The school
in particular is very grateful for the support of the Foundation.”
Luton Town players
launch school’s new third
generation surface
The official opening of a brand new third
generation artificial grass pitch in Leighton
Buzzard saw Luton Town FC players cut
the ribbon to mark the occasion.
Cedars Upper School, Linslade, now has
a stunning new pitch that will massively
increase the opportunities for pupils and
the wider local community to play regular
football and other sports – and on a
quality playing surface.
The school worked in partnership with
the Bedfordshire FA to secure a £236,804
grant from the Foundation in addition to
a £150,000 grant from Central
Bedfordshire Council.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the
Foundation, said:
“It is so rewarding to see
this new facility completed and ready for
use by the local community.
“Alongside the Bedfordshire FA, Cedars
Upper School has worked extremely
hard to ensure this project has come
to fruition and deserve great credit for
its endeavours.”
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