Date published: 21/06/2013
A stunning new third generation artificial grass pitch(AGP), jointly funded by the Football Foundation and Leicestershire County Council, has been opened at Charnwood College in Loughborough.
Charnwood College and Loughborough Dynamo Juniors Football Club worked in partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland FA to secure a £239,591 grant from the Foundation towards the £482,000 project, with £200,000 coming from Leicestershire County Council. The new AGP will provide more opportunities for the local community to get involved in sport and the aim is to increase the number of teams using the site from 26 to 42 in five years, including five female and four disability teams.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the 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.
Alastair O’Connor, Assistant Principal of Charnwood College, said: “We are delighted that the Football Foundation has supported us with the next step in Charnwood College’s journey in achieving outstanding facilities and provision for the young people of the area.
“With the partnership between Loughborough Dynamo Juniors FC and our newly appointed Football Development Officer, we have an amazing opportunity to develop provision in Loughborough and the wider area.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Leicestershire and Rutland FA, the College and Loughborough Dynamo Football Club have worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for their endeavours.
“This project in Loughborough is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”
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