Date published: 07/01/2013
England international and Bristol Academy goalkeeper, Siobhan Chamberlain, and the FA's Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking, officially opened a new £230,000 state-of-the-art third generation (3G), artificial grass pitch with floodlights, part-funded by the Football Foundation, in North Wembley.
The new pitch will allow Brent Council to provide a first class facility for the local community to participate in football. The newly refurbished surface will be an asset to the community and will also provide a base for local clubs’ training sessions.
The new facility will also create new opportunities for women and girls teams, as well as becoming a coaching venue for Middlesex FA to host courses.
Brent Council worked in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure a £100,000 grant from the Football Foundation towards the project, with the council covering the additional cost.
Deputy Mayor of Brent, Councillor Bobby Thomas, said: “Brent aims to encourage local people to take part in more sport and activity. Investing in first-class facilities, such as this is will encourage more people to exercise and keep fit.
“This is a great example of how we can work with partners like the Football Foundation and Middlesex FA to improve facilities for local players and builds on the success of the Olympics.”
Winner of the 2011 ‘Save of the Year’ at the Women’s Football Awards, Siobhan Chamberlain, said: “It's a real honour to be asked to open the pitch and see all the kids down here with everyone enjoying themselves.
“It is a perfect pitch, which can be used all day, every day, by lots of different groups of players. It is great to have partnerships between the Football Foundation, the FA and local authorities like Brent.”
Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA's Director of Football Development, said: “This new pitch is a good surface for the grassroots players to develop their skills.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Middlesex FA, Brent Council has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.
“This project at Vale Farm Sports Centre is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”
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