Date published: 03/10/2012
Grassroots sport in West Yorkshire has received a significant boost following the news that Bruntcliffe Community Sports Partnership has received a grant of £319,000 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Bruntcliffe School to construct a state-of-the-art third generation (3G) full-size floodlit football facility that will be shared by local community clubs, Gildersome Spurs and Churwell Lions.
Already established as a hotbed of local adult and junior sporting action, Bruntcliffe School has developed partnerships with local teams. The shared aim of development of top class facilities and opportunities for sporting endeavour is what binds the community and the school together. The plan is to develop the new pitch and use this as a catalyst for further sporting growth.
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.
Ryan Hirst, Assistant Head Teacher said: “The award of this grant is the final piece in a large jigsaw. It’s been a very interesting and emotional journey to get to this point. This amazing grant will now allow us to begin construction; it is hard to believe that it’s actually happening!
“Bruntcliffe School’s dedication to working with the community, treating the needs of the school and the needs of the community as one, has resulted in our joint success with the Bruntcliffe Community Sports Partnership. Personally, the satisfaction gained by working collaboratively with voluntary community leaders is immense and it has been a real pleasure to lead this project.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Bruntcliffe Community Sports Partnership and the West Riding County 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, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
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