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Big Jack smashes
in penalty whilst opening
Durham’s new facility
1966World Cup winner, Jack Charlton
OBE, buried a penalty at a facility
opening in Durham and imparted
some of his knowledge of the game
to the gathered local youngsters.
The former Leeds United and England
defender was officially opening a new
third generation pitch at Meadowfield
Leisure Centre in Durham that has
been funded with the help of a
£78,273 grant from the Foundation.
“This is a fantastic surface that the
Foundation has funded,”
Jack after inspecting the pitch.
He continued:
“I remember the old
artificial pitches that were at QPR
and Luton.The ball would bounce
so high, you would think it was
going to take half an hour to come
down again. Plus, after the game the
players would have grazes all over
their legs.”
The new pitch at Meadowfield
Leisure Centre is both full-sized
and floodlit and less likely to cause
players damage! It can be used for full
11-a-side games, or be divided into
three to allow smaller teams to play.
Young players from Brandon FC,
one of the local clubs that will use
the pitch, showed off their skills on
the new surface in front of Jack, the
Foundation’s President the Rt Hon
Lord Pendry PC, and Middlesbrough
FC mascot, Roary the Lion. Key
partners, the Durham County FA,
also attended.
Lord Pendry said on the night of the
“It is a real honour to have
World Cup winner Jack Charlton
here to launch this first-class playing
surface. Since its launch in 2000,
the Foundation has helped to build
nearly £1bn worth of facilities such
as this thanks to the generosity of
our funding partners – the Premier
League,The FA, Government and
Sport England.”
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| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 31