Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40onsıde| ISSUE 38 2 Set up in 2000, we are focused on addressing the country’s lack of quality public sports facilities. In that time we have awarded 15,000 grants worth £580m to help achieve that aim, thanks to investment provided by our core Funding Partners: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. We have maximised their donations further by using it to attract an additional £800m in partnership funding. Working closely with both our Funding Partners and the network of County Football Associations, we have so far delivered more than £1.4bn worth of grassroots investment. This is creating a new generation of high quality playing surfaces and changing pavilions for people in towns and cities across the country, also increasing long-term participation in football and other sports. Editor: Rory Carroll, rory.carroll@footballfoundation.org.uk Deputy Editor: Niall Malone, niall.malone@footballfoundation.org.uk Telephone: 0345 345 4555 www.footballfoundation.org.uk @FootballFoundtn ABOUT THE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity. Chief Executive: Paul Thorogood President: The Rt Hon Lord Pendry Football Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman: Gary Hoffman Roger Burden | The Rt Hon Richard Caborn Rona Chester | Martin Glenn Peter McCormick OBE | Richard Scudamore ONSIDE is published by the Football Foundation Whittington House, 19-30 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7EA. It is designed and produced by Image Directors, and printed on paper from sustainable forests. A s well as giving the magazine a fresh look, we have injected lots of exciting new features. We bring to life the scale and impact of the facility projects we develop with investment from our Funding Partners: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. So you can read about Spurs and England striker, Harry Kane, returning to the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow, where he played as a youngster, to open their stunning new 3G playing surface (pages 12-15). We also have lots of original content offering insights not seen in previous ONSIDEs. So we have an exclusive interview with The FA’s Chief Executive – and Foundation Trustee – Martin Glenn (pages 6-9). He discusses the challenges facing the England team and the grassroots game, also sharing some fascinating learnings from his first year in charge of our national game’s governing body. We catch up with my fellow Foundation Ambassadors, as we find out which facilities they have helped to officially open recently (page 34). And we also examine how facilities we’ve developed across Manchester are being utilised by the Manchester United Foundation to deliver some really inspiring programmes that support the health, education and welfare of local people (pages 10 and 11). I became a Foundation Ambassador as I truly believe the grassroots game is incredibly important – as are the millions of volunteers that give up their time to make it run each week. The severe lack of decent sports facilities in this country was brought home to me during my time as Accrington Stanley FC manager. I drove all over Lancashire looking for a new training ground because the one we used at the time was so bad. I really struggled to find one. Eventually I came across a facility that, coincidentally, the Football Foundation had built, Boothstown FC. It was outstanding, and from the host of local grassroots teams I saw there who also used it, it was obviously a vital hub for the community. Until we tackle this infrastructure deficiency, we are not going to fully harness all the powerful benefits that having an active population can bring to a nation. With several new community sports sites opening every week, the Foundation and its Funders are gradually helping to address the challenge. The projects that are featured in this ONSIDE are just a small snapshot of the hundreds that that they develop each year. Enjoy the new-look magazine. Feel free to get in touch and let us know what you think, and thanks for your support of the Foundation and the grassroots! GUEST EDITORIAL James Beattie – former Southampton FC, Everton FC and England striker, and Football Foundation Ambassador Welcome to your revamped issue of ONSIDE!