Date published: 07/09/2015
Langho FC officially opened their new £200,000 real grass pitches in Ribble Valley recently (Sunday 30 August 2015), thanks to a £115,267 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund which is delivered by the Football Foundation, providing grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The grant has enabled Langho FC to install state-of-the-art drainage at their Rydings and Northcote pitches, which are used by 23 junior teams, including three girls’ sides and two open-age group squads who compete in leagues across East Lancashire. Prior to funding the club had to postpone games and training sessions due to the waterlogged ground.
Langho FC worked in partnership with the Lancashire County FA to secure a £115,267 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, as well as £50,000 from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields programme as part of the 2012 Olympics Legacy.
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 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 424 grants worth £18.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £43.5m across the whole of Lancashire.
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.
Ray Grimshaw, President, Langho FC, said: “At Langho FC we are extremely proud of the facilities that we provide for over 250 male and female playing members who range in age from six to 46-years-of-age. However we have had problems caused by the number of postponements caused by the waterlogging of our playing pitches.
“Thanks to the funding that we have secured from both the Football Foundation and Sport England, and the fund raising and support from within the club, this should be a thing of the past and greatly enhance the playing experience of both our own teams and our visiting opposition.”
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 Langho FC to upgrade the drainage of their playing 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.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Ribble Valley is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love if it and to stay healthy.”
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