Date published: 08/08/2012
Grassroots sport in Hinckley and Bosworth received a significant boost today following the news that the borough council have received a grant of £149,823 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Richmond Park to upgrade all its pitches and enable more people to play football more often, from young teams playing seven-a-side, to adults playing in the local Sunday league. Richmond Park will also be in a position to host tournaments and will act as a training venue for teams.
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.
Cllr David Cope,Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Parks and Open Space, said: “I would like to thank the Football Foundation for supporting this exciting and innovative project. This shows the power of partnership working and will make a massive difference to the development of the borough.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer.
“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.”
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing in Hinckley and Bosworth and all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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