Budding footballers from Heworth Junior Football Club sampled their new mini-soccer pitches over the weekend, funded by the Football Foundation.
A grant of £12,865 from the country’s largest sports charity to City of York Council has helped to provide the expanding club with much-needed pitches in the area.
Gary Limbert, CYC Football Facilities Project Officer, said: “The designated mini-soccer pitches will offer more opportunities for young people to play football on quality pitches. Heworth Juniors FC is a Charter Standard Community Club who has worked in partnership with the City of York Council and the North Riding County FA to deliver this project to increase the amount of designated mini-soccer pitches within York.
“In the last three years a total of £1.2 million of funding has been accessed and invested on developing new sports pitches and facilities within the City of York, £267,636 has been invested by the Football Foundation with a further £371,093 coming from the City of York Council and the rest accessed through other sports funders.
“The City of York Football Facilities Development Plan is now complete and I would encourage more clubs to come forward and develop their projects, Heworth Juniors FC is a good example of what can be achieved.”
Nigel Kemp,Chairman of Heworth JFC, said: “Heworth JFC is a vital sporting outlet for children within our community and our future aspirations to develop and enhance this facility required us to locate more quality pitches within the area.
“We have been working alongside the City of York Council, the Football Foundation and the North Riding County FA to enable this project to be successful and we are delighted with the outcome. The pitches look superb and we are already looking forward to developing new teams in readiness for the next season. Our thanks go out to all concerned in helping us achieve our aims.”
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.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see the mini-soccer pitches complete and ready for use by the local community. The hard work of City of York Council in partnership with Heworth Juniors FC, North Riding County FA and Brambledown Landscape Services has ensured a successful outcome.
"This project would not have been possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government.”
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