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Chipping Playing Fields re-opens to the community

Chipping Playing Fields re-opens to the community

Date published: 18/11/2013
Chipping Playing Fields re-opens to the community

Chipping Playing Fields has opened to the community once again following welcomed improvements, part-funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The newly drained and reshaped site will provide Chipping’s historic football club with a high quality playing environment, and allow it to develop and expand on its already impressive membership of 250 players.

The Chipping Parish Council worked in partnership with the Lancashire FA to secure a £56,014 grant from the Football Foundation towards the £156,014 project. 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 9,600 grants worth more than £412m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £565m.

Across the whole of Lancashire, the Foundation has awarded 234 grants worth over £9.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £25m.

Laurence Brown, spokesperson for Chipping Parish Council, said: “The grant from the Football Foundation was fundamental to this project going forward.
 
“The design for redevelopment was drawn up some ten years ago but everyone involved knew it would be a big task both in terms of effort and money. Once the Parish Council gave it the green light a few years back, we worked closely with Lancashire FA to secure the all-important Football Foundation grant.

“The grant represents nearly one third of the overall cost and has given the necessary impetus to work towards obtaining the balance.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Lancashire County FA, Chipping Parish Council has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for their endeavours.
 
“There is a very strong correlation between the quality of sports facilities that are available at the community, grassroots level and healthy participation levels. The better the quality of sports facilities, the more likely people will enjoy the experience of playing sport for the love of doing so and will,  therefore, be more likely to remain involved in regular sport. This can only be good for the general health of the nation as a whole.
 
“This project in Chipping is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country.  Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”

For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.

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“The design for redevelopment was drawn up some ten years ago but everyone involved knew it would be a big task both in terms of effort and money. Once the Parish Council gave it the green light a few years back, we worked closely with Lancashire FA to secure the all-important Football Foundation grant."

Laurence Brown, spokesperson for Chipping Parish Council

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