Date published: 09/09/2015
Little Oakley Memorial Association officially opened their new £219,821 third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) recently (Sunday 6 September 2015), thanks to a £99,999 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 Little Oakley to redevelop an existing car park into a 43m x 33m floodlit 3G AGP. This will provide year-round coaching facilities to Little Oakley Youth Football Club and Little Oakley Senior FC, local schools and the wider community. Previously, there were no other 3G pitches in the Tendring district, with the closest 3G facility 23 miles away..
Little Oakley worked in partnership with the Essex County FA to secure a £99,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities 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 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 302 grants worth £18.6m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £46.8m across the whole of Essex.
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.
Michael Good, Chairman of Little Oakley Football Club, said: “We would like to thank Tendring District Council, countless individuals and organisations in the local community for their support. The grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will improve grassroots sport for our club and the community.”
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 Little Oakley Football Club to redevelop their car park into a floodlit 3G AGP. 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 the Harwich and Dovercourt area 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.”
For more information contact:
- Michael Good on 01255 507 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or email@example.com