Grants help football clubs at the grass-roots level

THE Football Foundation has released new research which illustrates the impact of its work in partnership with the Northumberland County FA over the last decade.

As the UK’s largest sports charity, the Foundation helps improve local sports facilities with money from its core funding partners: The FA, the Premier League and Government (via Sport England).

Since it was set up in 2000 it has worked closely with the Northumberland FA to support 132 grassroots sports projects across the county with grants worth £11.3million. These grants have attracted further partnership funding of £11.9million into the area’s grass roots.

This investment has so far provided Northumberland with a lasting legacy of 25 new pitches – real and artificial; 27 new changing pavilions; 26 Grow the Game grants towards club development; 54 new, safe goal posts; 5,205 free junior football kits.

Alan Wright, president of the Northumberland FA, said: “I would like to place on record my sincerest thanks to the Football Foundation for their continued support.

“The Northumberland FA shares a fantastic working relationship with the Football Foundation; together our work is helping to provide the people of Northumberland with first class provisions for sport.

“Invariably, the focus is on upper levels of the game, therefore, the support of the Football Foundation has made a huge difference in conveying to the wider public the good work that is going on at the grass-roots level of the game.

“Perhaps more importantly, it also helps us to let schools and clubs across the county know about the funding opportunities that are available.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Foundation’s work with the Northumberland FA has achieved major improvements to the grass roots across the county.

“We have done this with investment made by our funding partners, the Premier League, the FA and Government via Sport England.

“The Foundation will continue to work towards rebuilding facilities at the community level, enabling many more local people to gain access to regular football and other sports in their communities and improving the quality of their experience.”