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£70,000 new grass pitches open in Aldershot to boost grassroots football

£70,000 new grass pitches open in Aldershot to boost grassroots football

Date published: 05/11/2015
Aldershot Boys and Girls Club unveil their improved grass pitches
Aldershot Boys and Girls FC in front of their recently improved grass pitches.

Aldershot Boys and Girls FC marked the official opening of their £70,422 improved pitches at their Ivy Road playing fields home recently (Friday 30 October), thanks to a £56,875 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant has enabled the club to improve the pitches which, previous to this funding, were wholly unsuitable for play. The re-levelled real grass pitches now provide a home for the club to host matches and training sessions and so relieve pressure on other sites in the surrounding area.

The club's players can now hone their skills at a younger age, helping them to develop as they move up through the age groups, without the fear of training or matches being postponed because of sub-standard facilities. The improved pitches will not just benefit the club but also the local community, as the pitches are at the heart of a particularly popular local park and will be available for wider use.

The club worked in partnership with the Hampshire FA and Rushmoor Borough Councilto secure a grant of £56,875 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The club also received £5,000 from the Farnborough Airport Environmental Fund.

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 14,000 grants worth more than £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 350 grants worth £15.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £35.7m across the whole of Hampshire.

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.

Teressa Northedge, Secretary, Aldershot Boys & Girls FC, said: “For many years we have needed to make these pitches better for our younger players so that they can improve their skill levels and play on quality pitches. On behalf of all of our players, I am very grateful not just to the Premier League & The FA Facilities fund for its funding, but also to Martin Sterio at Rushmoor Borough Council for leading on this project and providing essential support in pulling it all together.

“The new pitches will have a great impact on improving our young players’ skill levels that will help us develop better players, make the club more successful, attract more players and grow the game of football.”

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 Aldershot Boys and Girls FC to upgrade their pitches. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Martin Sterio on 01252 398 763 or martin.sterio@rushmoor.gov.uk
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“The new pitches will have a great impact on improving our young players’ skill levels that will help us develop better players, make the club more successful, attract more players and grow the game of football.”

Teressa Northedge, Secretary, Aldershot Boys and Girls FC

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