Gary Neville has become the Football Foundation’s latest signing after he agreed to become one of its ambassadors. The Football Foundation is the country’s biggest sports charity and funds the development of better community sports facilities with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and government (via Sport England).
The former England and Manchester United star said he made the decision to help promote the Foundation’s cause as investing in more facilities of higher quality is vital for the growth of the game at the grassroots and the development of the game at the elite level.
Gary Neville said: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for the Football Foundation. This country loves watching and playing football so we desperately need to address our lack of quality sports facilities.
“Developing more proper playing surfaces, such as floodlit artificial pitches, is also essential to developing more home-grown young talent.
“I have seen at first-hand the difference the Foundation’s grants make to improving grassroots sports sites. I’ve also been particularly impressed at the business-like way the Foundation operates. It does not just hand out grants and walk away; the Foundation develops sustainable facilities and ensures they all stay on track.
“It is also an example of The FA, the Premier League and government working very effectively together for the good of the game. They should each be proud of what they have created in the Foundation and deserve credit for the nearly £1bn worth of projects that the Foundation has helped to fund since it was launched in 2000.”
Gary is respected as an astute pundit for Sky Sports. He was also recently appointed to new England Manager Roy Hodgson’s coaching staff.
Gary joins other figures from the game that have given up their time to promote the Foundation and its work at the grassroots, which includes, amongst others, Gareth Southgate, Graham Taylor, Dion Dublin, John Scales, Garth Crooks, Robbie Earle, Theo Walcott, Graeme le Saux, Jason Roberts and Peter Beardsley.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
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