Date published: 08/05/2013
Sir Alex Ferguson was thanked for his support of the grassroots game today. The Football Foundation paid tribute to the Premier League’s longest serving and most successful manager, outlining the support that he has provided to the Foundation throughout its 13-year history.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson is quite rightly admired as this country’s greatest ever manager, he perhaps does not receive the recognition that he deserves for the support he has shown for community sport over the years. Despite a punishing schedule as the manager of the most successful club in the country, Sir Alex has also found time to support the grassroots of the game.
“The Football Foundation is just one organisation that Sir Alex has supported over the years. I would like to congratulate him, not only for his well-known achievements at the top of the game, but also for the unheralded support he has provided to the Foundation and to those who play football simply for the love of doing so.”
Since the Football Foundation was launched in 2000, by its funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) – it has developed 9,383 new grassroots projects with grants worth £413m.
In that time Sir Alex has officially unveiled four of the Foundation’s local sports sites:
Salford Sports Village, March 2006 – 3G artificial pitches and changing rooms
FF funding: £900,000
Mersey Valley Sports Club, February 2007 – clubhouse and changing rooms
FF funding: £500,000
Broadoak School, October 2008 – 3G artificial pitches and changing rooms
FF funding: £1,000,000
Stretford High School, September 2012 – 3G artificial pitch funded by the Premier League Community Facility Fund (delivered by the Football Foundation)
Premier League funding: £350,000.
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Since its launch in 2000 the Football Foundation has:
Supported 9,383 projects with grants worth £413,062,834 (Total project cost: £976,352,632)
Leveraged £563,289,798 in additional inward investment
Since 2000 the Foundation has funded:
1,641 facility projects with grants worth £323,667,834 (total project cost: £741,897,912)
396 artificial grass pitches
2,314 grass pitches
754 changing facilities
84 multi-use games areas (MUGAs)
In the last 12 months the Foundation has funded:
187 facility projects with grants worth £17,461,910(total project cost: £42,242,826)
32 artificial grass pitches
141 grass pitches
53 changing facilities