Date published: 22/11/2012
Grassroots sport on the Isle of Man received a significant boost today following the news that Colby AFC Limited has received a grant of £50,000from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Colby AFC to install floodlights and purchase maintenance equipment, goals posts for the all weather pitch and shelters for the grass playing fields.
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.
Roy Dixon, President of Colby AFC, said: “Colby AFC welcome the assistance it has received from the Football Foundation. This has helped put the finishing touches to a great development which provides a clubhouse and changing rooms along with two full-size grass pitches, a junior pitch and an all-weather pitch.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Colby AFC and the Isle of Man FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government (via Sport England), to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
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