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Sports Minister backs Kent school's 3G pitch project

Sports Minister backs Kent school’s 3G pitch project

Date published: 02/03/2012
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Hugh Robertson, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent and Minister for Sport and Olympics, today presented The Abbey School in Kent with a cheque for £390,000 from the Football Foundation towards a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch.

Hugh Robertson MP said: “This is great news for Faversham in general and the Abbey School in particular. In Olympic year, it is wonderful for the town to have such an exciting new state of the art facility and I am very grateful to the Football Foundation for making it happen.”

The project will enable the school to develop its football activities, ensuring that it has a comprehensive programme for all year groups. The facility will also allow three FA Charter Standard partner clubs to grow and sustain their participation levels, providing them with a quality facility to assist with their training and match programmes.

The club worked in partnership with the Kent FA to secure a grant of £390,000 from the Football Foundation towards the 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 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Simon Finlan, Director of Sport at The Abbey School, said: “Over 60% of the facilities’ usage will be community based, giving benefit to local primary schools, the general public and particularly our two main youth football teams, Faversham Strike Force FC and Faversham Town Youth & Juniors FC.

“We would like to acknowledge the excellent support given by the Kent FA, Hugh Robertson MP and, most importantly, the significant financial contribution made from the Football Foundation.”

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Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend The Abbey School and Kent County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future. It is also great to see Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and Olympics show his support for the grassroots here today.

“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer.

“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”

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

For more information contact:

• Richard Faulkner on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or richard.faulkner@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“This is great news for Faversham in general and the Abbey School in particular. In Olympic year, it is wonderful for the town to have such an exciting new state of the art facility and I am very grateful to the Football Foundation for making it happen.”

Hugh Robertson MP

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