Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at Carrow Park's third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, who run a variety of community programmes at the pitch, has been awarded a grant of £2,380 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards the repair of the 3G AGP and also fund a FA pitch testing certificate, so that affiliated match play can occur at the site.
The new funding for Carrow Park follows previous grants totalling £468,600 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2005. These grants were used to build the original AGP and changing rooms, run football development sessions and school competitions, coach education and healthy lifestyle programmes.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. As part of this scheme, Barclays partnered with the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK, that cater for a wide range of sports.
Jackie Thornton, Funding & Strategy Development Manager at Norwich City Community Foundation, said, “Carrow Park has thrived since it's opening in 2004, and thousands of people having enjoyed the chance to take part in Community Sports Foundation activities in the shadow of the football club. With this grant, we can ensure that the local community continues to enjoy a superb facility and we are grateful to Barclays for their continued support.”
Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South commented on the new grant, “This is great news for Carrow Park. Many people, not just in my constituency but also across Norwich and Norfolk, use the facilities, which play a pivotal role in the community. This funding ensures the pitch remains in tip-top condition for them and will hopefully open up further opportunities. I look forward to my next visit to see the works once they're completed and will continue to support the great work of both Norwich City Football Club and the Community Sports Foundation.”
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, said, “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that Norwich City Community Sports Foundation has received is a strong example of this. This is one of over 200 UK sites where we work with our partner, the Football Foundation, offering financial and non-financial assistance so they can continue to have a positive impact in the local community.”
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