Graeme le Saux becomes Football Foundation ambassador
Date published: 28/02/2013
Former England and Chelsea defender, Graeme le Saux, has agreed to become one of the Football Foundation’s Ambassadors. Graeme will help to promote the charity’s crucial work in developing better community sports facilities with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and Government (via Sport England).
Le Saux, who started his career at Jersey-based club St Paul’s FC, made a combined total of 485 appearances for Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton during his career, scoring 24 goals. He made his England debut in 1994 and represented the Three Lions 36 times over six years. He scored a memorable goal for England against Brazil at Wembley in 1995 with a stunning strike from outside the penalty area.
Graeme le Saux said: “Millions of people play our national game up and down the country each week purely for the enjoyment. It is only right that they and the volunteers that give up their time for free to make it happen have proper sports facilities.
“The Football Foundation does an excellent job in developing better facilities by investing funding from the Premier League, The FA, the Government and Sport England where it is most needed. I am delighted to support its cause!”
Graeme joins the Mayoress of Hounslow, Cllr Genevieve Hibbs, to open the facilities
Graeme opened Beavers Community Primary School’s new Football Foundation-funded facilities in Hounslow in 2008. He joins other figures from the game that help promote the Foundation and its work at the grassroots, including: Gary Neville, Gareth Southgate, Graham Taylor OBE, Dion Dublin, John Scales, Robbie Earle MBE, Peter Beardsley MBE, Faye White MBE, Georgie Bingham and Dan Walker.
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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