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US Soccer
Chief Given
Grassroots
Tour
The President and Chief Executive of the US Soccer
Foundation, Ed Foster-Simeone, was given a tour of Football
Foundation projects and went away with glowing reports of
what he saw.
Visiting London for the Leaders in Football Conference
at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, Ed was shown
Chestnut Grove School in Balham who received funding for
a small-sized floodlit third generation artificial grass pitch.
After that, he was then taken to Southfields Community
College to see the full size third generation pitch which
was also built with the help of a Foundation grant, and
finally, to Earlsfield to visit Chelsea FC’s social inclusion
project called ‘Kickz’.
Foundation
and Barclays
scoop Football
Business Award!
Foundation Shares
best practice AT
European summit
Barclays’ community sports partnership
with the Football Foundation – Barclays
Spaces for Sports – won the prestigious
‘Sponsorship/Partnership of theYear’
category at the inaugural Football
Business Awards.
The Awards were held at Chelsea
Football Club’s home ground, Stamford
Bridge, and hosted by Sky Sports News
presenter,Vicky Gomersall.
Operating since 2004, Barclays has
committed more than £37m, along with a
further £30m donated and raised by the
Football Foundation.This has developed
and sustained 200 multi-sports sites in
disadvantaged communities right across
the country.
The Football Business Award is the sixth
award that the Barclays Spaces for Sports
programme has picked up. Previously it
has won: the ‘Community Programme
Award’ at the Sport Industry Awards; the
‘BUPA Healthy Community Award’ at the
Business in the Community Awards; ‘Best
Grassroots Sports Sponsorship’ at the
Hollis Sponsorship Awards; ‘Corporate
Social Responsibility Initiative of theYear’
at the Peace and Sports Awards; and
the ‘Sports Business Award’ at the 2010
Global Sports Forum.
DavidWheldon, Head of Brand,
Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays
said:
“Barclays Spaces for Sports
ensures tens of thousands of
people, each week, can access
sporting facilities in places
where otherwise they would
struggle. This is what the
partnership was intended to
do, and we are delighted it is
achieving just that – and for all
those involved in making this
partnership a true success –
they have been recognised for
their hard work and dedication.”
The Football Foundation was centre-
stage at a major Europe-wide summit
aimed at sharing best practice with
football leagues and clubs across
the continent.
Our Director of Business Operations,
Pete Fitzboydon, delivered a presentation
on our work at community level in
this country to representatives across
more than 29 different countries at
the Association of European Professional
Football Leagues’ (EPFL) International
Forum on Professional Football
Social Responsibility.
Also present were: Liga Por tugal
President Mário Figueiredo; José Luís
Astiazarán (President of the Spanish
League and Fundación La Liga); Simon
Morgan (Premier League) and football
legend, Pauleta, one of the best players
in the French Professional League and
all-time top scorer of the Por tuguese
national team, who also has his own
charitable foundation.
The EPFL said the event was “aimed at
mobilizing the power and influence of
professional football to tackle deep-
rooted social and humanitarian problems,
while sharing best practices and raising
awareness about the vital role that ‘The
Beautiful Game’ plays in our society.”
The Foundation has fantastic staff
and organisation and I learned a
lot from everyone I met.
“The site visits and the briefings
were incredibly informative. I
look forward to continuing the
conversation.”
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