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Durham Council scores 66 goals

Durham Council scores 66 goals

Date published: 09/10/2013
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There is great news for grassroots football in Durham as £7,921 is awarded to Durham County Council by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, towards new goalposts.

The funding will allow the council’s Culture and Sports Services to purchase 33 pairs of goalposts to be distributed on community football pitches across the county. This will aid the council’s programme of supporting grass pitches for community football teams and their overall goal of encouraging greater participation in football.

The council worked in partnership with the Durham County FA to secure a £7,921 grant from the Football Foundation. 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 9,500 grants worth more than £410m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £560m. Across the whole of Durham, the Foundation has awarded 145 grants worth almost £14m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £30m.

The new funding success was announced a year to the day that World Cup winner, Jack Charlton, unveiled the stunning third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at Meadowfield Leisure Centre that was built with the help of a £78,273 Football Foundation grant that’s Durham County Council managed to secure.

Nigel Douthwaite, Outdoor Sport and Leisure Officer at Durham County Council, said: “We are constantly seeking funding opportunities to support our ambitions to see more people playing on our community pitches. This grant means we can replace goalposts at 80% of the pitches we manage.  We are really pleased to be working with the Football Foundation in this way.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a Football Foundation grant of £7,921 will enable Durham County Council to improve facilities and support community football.  In partnership with the Durham County FA, the council’s Culture and Sport Services has worked extremely hard to secure this funding from the Football Foundation.”

“Since 2000 our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England), have generously provided the investment to improve facilities throughout the country, and just like this one in County Durham.”

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.

For more information contact:
• Nigel Douthwaite on 03000264610 or nigel.douthwaite@durham.gov.uk
• Abigail Jones on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or abigail.jones@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“We are constantly seeking funding opportunities to support our ambitions to see more people playing on our community pitches. This grant means we can replace goalposts at 80% of the pitches we manage. We are really pleased to be working with the Football Foundation in this way.”

Nigel Douthwaite, Outdoor Sport and Leisure Officer at Durham County Council

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