Date published: 30/10/2012
Grassroots sport in Barnet has received a significant boost following the news that Whetstone Wanderers Youth FC, in partnership with the Woodside Park Club in Southover, have received a grant of £97,619 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Whetstone Wanderers Youth Football Club to enjoy their home pitches for the duration of the football season for the first time in their 20 year history and continue to provide opportunities for local youngsters, aged six to 18 to train and play football.
A comprehensive drainage scheme will be added and the pitches at the Woodside Park Club improved to provide two good quality 11-a-side pitches, a new 9v9 pitch and a 7v7 pitch that will provide a good quality playing surface for the 30 teams of Whetstone Wanderers to call home.
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.
Chris Panayi, Founder and Life President of Whetstone Wanderers, said: “Whetstone Wanderers YFC have been providing quality grassroots football opportunities to the local community for 20 years and we are delighted and extremely grateful that our perennial problem of flooded pitches will be resolved thanks to the tremendous financial help from the Football Foundation.
“It is rather fitting that our 21st year will prove to be significant in that it will provide a gateway to improved facilities for the future enhancement of our club. Thank you again to the Football Foundation and to Cara Demetriades of our club for her superb work in arranging our funding.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“Whetstone Wanderers have been extremely energetic and have worked tirelessly in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure this funding, and I am thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with this substantial Football Foundation grant.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this one in Barnet and right across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, The FA, the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”
For more information about Whetstone Wanderers YFC please visit www.whetstonewanderers.co.uk
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