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New Middleton 3G pitch set to be flagship for community football in Leeds

New Middleton 3G pitch set to be flagship for community football in Leeds

Date published: 07/12/2012
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Leeds City Council have received a grant of £199,000 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity to give grassroots sport in the area a considerable boost.

The funding will allow Leeds City Councilto construct a full size floodlit third generation (3G) pitch at the newly refurbished Middleton Community sports hub. The facility will be utilised by multiple local community football organisations and partners, local community groups, and Council services.

From a holistic perspective, the newly renovated Middleton Community sports hub will incorporate three senior grass football pitches, one junior grass football pitch, eight team changing rooms, and a full size floodlit 3G facility. It will become Leeds City Council’s flagship site for community football in the city.

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.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Executive Member for Environmental Services,said:  “This 3G pitch will be a premium quality facility that will benefit the community of Middleton and the city of Leeds as a whole. It will provide increased and improved opportunities for young people and adults alike to participate in sport.

This project demonstrates the effective partnership between Leeds City Council and the Football Foundation. We are delighted to receive this significant grant towards the scheme from the Football Foundation.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Leeds City Council and West Riding 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.”

For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.

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 “This 3G pitch will be a premium quality facility that will benefit the community of Middleton and the city of Leeds as a whole. It will provide increased and improved opportunities for young people and adults alike to participate in sport.

This project demonstrates the effective partnership between Leeds City Council and the Football Foundation. We are delighted to receive this significant grant towards the scheme from the Football Foundation.”

Mark Dobson

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