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Larkspur Rovers FC Celebrates Funding Boost

Larkspur Rovers FC Celebrates Funding Boost

Date published: 24/04/2017
Larkspur Rovers FC Celebrates Funding Boost

Larkspur Rovers FC are today celebrating its investment in a £50,000 project to help improve its natural grass football pitches in Northolt. The project which has involved the purchase of a new tractor and grounds keeping machinery, will greatly aid the club's maintenance efforts throughout the year.

SUEZ Communities Trust, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and the London Borough of Ealing provided crucial financial support without which the project would not have been possible.

Joining Larkspur were its equipment suppliers (Campey Turfcare Systems, Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd and RTM/SISIS) and the Institute of Grounsmanship (IoG) who introduced the club's groundskeepers to the new machinery and its operation.  

Graham Bartlett, the Larkspur Rovers FC’s Project Coordinator, said: “The project is a major step towards creating and maintaining an improved playing surface which has always been identified as an important factor in developing the skills of our players.”

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, commented: “This support allows Larkspur Rovers to become more self-sufficient in maintaining the grass pitches and create even further opportunities for young people, both male and female.”

Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust, added: “SUEZ is delighted to have been able to support the enthusiastic team at Larkspur Rovers FC with their project. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion of support.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Larkspur Rovers FC to improve the maintenance of its pitches which will provide a real boost to football in the local area and the playing experience of those that take part.”


Notes to the editor

Larkspur Rovers F.C.

Larkspur Rovers F.C. was formed in 1950 and has been resident in Northolt since 1970. In 2013 in took up a lease on Lord Halsbury Memorial Playing Field having undertaken a project with the London Borough of Ealing. the Football Foundation, Sport England and the Mayor of London to develop the facilities to include a new pavillion, floodlit artificial grass pitch and the installation of drainage for the natural grass pitches. www.larkspurrovers@btconnect.com

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust)

SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SUEZ Communities Trust has supported more than 3,900 projects to a combined value of over £110 million using tax credits donated by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK (formerly SITA UK).

SUEZ Communities Trust funds improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

For information on how to apply for funding from SUEZ Communities Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST, as Environmental Bodies (EBs) EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.7%) against the landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception, in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 53,000 projects across the UK. For more information please visit www.entrust.org.uk

For media enquiries about SUEZ Communities Trust please contact our team on 01454 262910 or email communications@suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk

Twitter: @suezCT

Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

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“The project is a major step towards creating and maintaining an improved playing surface which has always been identified as an important factor in developing the skills of our players.” 

Graham Bartlett, Larkspur Rovers FC Project Coordinator

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