Hayley McQueen was today announced as an Ambassador for the Football Foundation – the charity that develops better grassroots sport facilities with money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England).
Hayley is one of the UK’s best-known female sport journalists. Familiar to anyone who watches Sky Sports News HQ, Hayley has anchored on the show for five years. She has worked in football for 12 years both behind and in front of the camera and anchored live programmes from the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League, League Cup and Champions League. She was the launch presenter for Sportswomen on Sky Sports, a weekly show dedicated to women in sport.
Speaking about her appointment to the Ambassador role, Hayley McQueen said: ‘‘I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for the Football Foundation. It does such an important job in helping schools and clubs to provide safe and comfortable places for more people to play sport.
“I know how playing football and other sports can help people, especially youngsters, build their self-esteem, stay healthy and learn valuable life skills, like team-work and good communication.
“I also know from my experience at Middlesbrough FC and Manchester United the fantastic work that professional football clubs’ Foundations and Trusts do for local communities. I love the way the Football Foundation looks to encourage that great work at the sites it develops where appropriate.
“I now can’t wait till I next get out and see some Foundation projects!”
Rory Carroll, Head of Communications at the Football Foundation, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Hayley on board as a Football Foundation Ambassador.
“She is such a popular figure and a brilliant communicator. Having someone with her profile and her passion for the game is invaluable for a charity like us.
“Hayley is used to reporting on major football signings herself but as far as we’re concerned we have recruited a real star!”
Hayley’s appointment follows last week’s announcement of Huddersfield Town FC manager, Chris Powell, as a fellow Football Foundation Ambassador, making it an incredibly successful double-signing of supporters for the charity in this transfer window!
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 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – meaning it has delivered nearly £1.3bn of grassroots investment
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Biography of Hayley McQueen
Hayley began her career in television by working her up as a runner and production assistant for Richard and Judy. She had more of an interest for sport related news and so therefore joined Middlesbrough’s ‘Boro TV’ where she was production co-ordinator for three years & began her TV reporter life. She then moved on to a bigger role at the club where she joined ‘Football in Community’ scheme and that’s where she caught the eye of Sky Sports News.
In 2006 she then made the bold decision to leave Sky Sports for a new job that was closer to her heart. She became the main anchor at MUTV where of course her father was a player for Manchester United. During her four years at the club channel Hayley also worked alongside the Man United Football Foundation. She played a major role as both a presenter and reporter from academy level to the Champions League.
When the World Cup came around in 2010 she was asked to host the TV programme Daily World Cup on Al Jazeera Sports throughout the tournament.
Hayley returned to Sky in 2010 when Sky Sports News HD was born and she has been there ever since, presenting Champions League and International football as well as many outside broadcast events. Over the years Hayley has hosted high profile events in the world of sport from the London 2012 Olympic sponsors launch & for high profile world-wide brands and events. She is also a regular match-day host at Wembley and is also involved with ‘Football in the Community’ projects.
Hayley is also a key member of a trio of leading sports broadcasters – alongside Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper – who run The Offside Rule (We Get It!), the hugely successful podcast and website. The unique all-female fronted podcast is a light-hearted and often amusing football podcast, offering alternative features, topics and discussions about everything and anything football related, released every Thursday throughout the season.
About the Football Foundation
The Football Foundation was launched in 2000 by the Premier League, The FA and the Government in 2000 to improve grassroots facilities for the benefit of those who play football, and other sports, purely for the love of it.
By effectively targeting this investment into improving the country’s infrastructure, the Foundation increases participation by enabling more people of all ages and abilities to enjoy regular sport and all the benefits that brings. By improving the quality and comfort of the sporting experience of playing at the grassroots, especially in deprived communities where sports facility provision and health inequalities are generally the worst, the Foundation regenerates the poorest areas and helps people combat obesity, mental illness and other factors.
A by-product of greater number of people playing sport, on proper playing surfaces also helps the development of home-grown talent, which the Foundation further supports by strengthening links between professional football clubs and their grassroots catchment areas. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information: www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
Click here to see a briefing of the full impact of the Football Foundation’s investment since 2000: http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/news/archive/football-foundation-briefing-august-2015/
Since 2000 the Foundation has supported:
· 2,122 facility projects with grants worth £416,434,698
· 530 artificial grass pitches
· 2,734 grass pitches
· 904 changing facilities
· 90 multi-use games areas (MUGAs)
Impact of facilities funding from our latest Monitoring & Evaluation Report:
· Football participation increased by an average of 11% at Foundation sites last season
· Overall sports participation increased by 25.8%
· 23,586 volunteers gained qualifications at Foundation sites (e.g. FA Level 1/2, etc.)
Range of community programmes delivered by the Football Foundation
Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund
A three-year £102m commitment, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit. The Foundation delivers this using funding it receives from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through Sport England.
Grow the Game
The Grow the Game scheme, which the Football Foundation delivers with funding from the Premier League and The FA, increases participation by providing financial supporttowards the cost of creating new grassroots football teams. Grow the Game focuses on increasing participation amongst under-represented groups that want to play but have fewer opportunities due to a lack of established clubs that they can join – namely: women and girls; disabled players; and the Under-15 age bracket and-above (to address the ‘drop-off’ in participation experienced as boys progress throughout their school career.)
Barclays Spaces for Sports
The Foundation also delivers the multi-award winning Barclays Spaces for Sports, the UK’s biggest ever sport CSR programme. This £67m investment programme has seen over 200, fully sustainable, multi-sport sites developed in the most deprived communities right across the UK.
Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund
The Foundation delivers Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund on behalf of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, his Commissioner for Sport, Kate Hoey MP, and the Greater London Authority. The Foundation has delivered more than 100 multi-sport facilities across the capital, with every single London Borough benefiting. 12% of participants at facilities that Foundation directed the Mayor’s funding into were previously inactive, demonstrating how this extra capacity is enabling more people to get regular exercise through sport.
Benefits to the UK Economy of Investment through the Football Foundation model
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that there was a £7.73 economic return, in terms of jobs and GDP, for every pound that was invested into grassroots facilities through the Football Foundation.