Date published: 25/10/2012
Arsenal and England left-winger and Team GB women’s football star, Rachel Yankey, showed her support of grassroots football funding at the official opening of the brand new pavilion and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) at Gibbons Recreational Ground in North West London this week.
Local girl, Yankey, who also runs the youth football club, the Gibbons Wreckers FC from the site, was there to see Brent's Deputy Leader Cllr. Ruth Moher cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new pavilion, before giving some footballing tips to children from Brentfield and Mitchelbrook Primary Schools.
The new facility means that local teams, including Gibbons Wreckers FC, South Hampstead Cricket Club and the basketball club, Reach & Teach, can now have a comfortable environment in which to meet and change before and after their matches and training.
Gibbons Wreckers worked in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure a £363,000 grant from the Football Foundation towards developing the pavilion and MUGA. The Football Foundation is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England).
Brent's Deputy Leader, Cllr. Ruth Moher, said: “I was delighted to be asked to open the wonderful new pavilion at Gibbons Recreational Ground. It will benefit the local community for many years to come and I would like to pay tribute to everyone from the Football Foundation, the council and the local community for all their hard work in bringing this project to such a successful conclusion.”
Gerry Kiefer, Head of Sports and Parks in Brent, said: “This new pavilion funded by the Football Foundation and Brent Council completed the council and local population's desire to provide quality sports facilities. The pitches have been levelled and drained and the changing rooms ensure that the teams using the pitches have a quality experience.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is fantastic to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Middlesex FA, Gibbons Wreckers FC have worked extremely hard to ensure this project came to fruition and deserve great credit for their endeavours.
“There is a direct correlation between quality of facilities and participation levels. The better the quality of sports facilities the more likely people are to participate and stay involved in sport.
“This project in Neasden is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing all over the country. The Foundation, with the crucial support of our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England), is transforming the grassroots landscape in this country.”
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.
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