Date published: 24/07/2012
Grassroots sport in Calne received a significant boost today following the news that Calne Town Council have received a grant of £98,900 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Beversbrook Sports and Community Facility to develop four new football pitches to add to the facility existing eleven football pitches. The development would include two senior pitches, one 9v9 pitch and one mini soccer pitch.
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.
Since Beversbrook Sports and Community Facility opened in 2009, the facility has grown into one of the leading sporting venues within Wiltshire and Swindon. The facility is home to 41 football teams playing 400 league or cup matches each season.
With the new pitches, the facility will be home for an additional 20 football teams. Beversbrook is home to nine other sports and four non-sporting activities. Each year, around 30,000 people visit the facility.
Kevin Whitehorn, Calne Town Council Football Development Officer, said: “Calne Town
Council are proud to have received funding from the Football Foundation. In 2006, Calne Town Council received £1,000,000 from the Football Foundation in order to build Beversbrook.
“With the extra funding, it shows that everyone in the Calne is proud to have such a brilliant facility right in heart of community. All the community would like to express their sincere thanks to the Football Foundation for the grant funding.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Calne Town Council and the Wiltshire FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing Wiltshire all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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