Grassroots facilities are key to youngsters developing a ‘love for the game’, says Georgie Bingham
Date published: 06/07/2012
Sky News and talkSPORT presenter, Georgie Bingham believes that the grassroots game is where ‘dreams are made’ and that investment into facilities plays a significant role in the health and fitness of future generations.
Georgie was speaking at Kesgrave High School, Suffolk, where she was promoting the work of the Football Foundation in her home county, at the official launch of the start of work on a new floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch.
Georgie said: “Dreams are made on the football pitch at grassroots level. Grassroots is where people develop their love for the game.
“The health and fitness of our future generations, as well as the creation of great sportsmen and great footballers, is down to investment from the likes of the Football Foundation at the grassroots.”
“If they didn’t exist there would be a lack of artificial pitches for use in the community and for schools. If you don’t have the facilities for kids to go to a football club and to grow their love for the game, then we won’t have a nation of improving footballers.”
Georgie recently became an ambassador of the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity, that helps improve local sports facilities with money from its core funding partners: the Premier League, The FA and Government (via Sport England).
Since the Foundation was set up in 2000 it has worked closely with the Suffolk FA to support 135 grassroots sports projects across the county with grants worth £5.9m. These grants have attracted further partnership funding of £8.6m into the area’s grassroots.
The project at Kesgrave High School was made possible after the school worked in partnership with the Suffolk County FA to secure a £306,000 grant from the Football Foundation. The pitch will be supported by existing changing rooms, which are in excellent condition, and a car park newly built to enhance the community use of the site.
Cath Breckell, Deputy Headteacher at Kesgrave High School, added: “It is fantastic that the Premier League, The FA and Government provide money through the Football Foundation for projects like ours.”
The project fits with a number of local, regional and national strategies and is fully supported by the Suffolk County FA who see the site quickly becoming a hub for football in an area of high participation within the county.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have Georgie as one of our ambassadors and help promote the work we are doing to improve grassroots sport in this country. The project at Kesgrave School is just one example of the many projects currently taking place across the country and my thanks go to Suffolk County FA and our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government for their crucial support for making this possible.”
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