Date published: 22/10/2012
Grassroots sport in Leighton Buzzard has been given a significant boost following the opening of a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP), funded by the Football Foundation and Central Bedfordshire Council.
The new pitch will allow Cedars Upper School to enhance the quantity and quality of school and community football in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding areas.
The school worked in partnership with the Bedfordshire FA to secure a £236,804 grant from the Football Foundation in addition to a £150,000 grant from Central Bedfordshire Council. 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.
Steven Palmer, Cedars Upper School Headteacher, said: “This is a fantastic facility for the students at Cedars to use and we are incredibly grateful to the Football Foundation and to Central Bedfordshire Council for the support they have given us. Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area will really benefit from such an excellent facility.”
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 Bedfordshire FA, Cedars Upper School has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.
“There is a very strong correlation between the quality of sports facilities that are available at the community, grassroots level and healthy participation levels. The better the quality of sports facilities, the more likely people will enjoy the experience of playing sport for the love of doing so and will, therefore, be more likely to remain involved in regular sport. This can only be good for the general health of the nation as a whole.
“This project in Leighton Buzzard 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 game in this country, 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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