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Statement from the Football Foundation on the passing of its Ambassador Graham Taylor OBE

Statement from the Football Foundation on the passing of its Ambassador Graham Taylor OBE

Date published: 12/01/2017
Graham Taylor

The Football Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Graham Taylor OBE.

Graham had been an Ambassador of the Football Foundation for the last nine years. The support that he devoted to our cause and to that of grassroots sport generally was simply remarkable.

He officially opened countless grassroots sports facilities that we had funded. He gave numerous media interviews on our behalf. He conducted question-and-answer sessions for youngsters at our projects. He fronted our publicity initiatives to ensure as many people knew of funding opportunities as possible. He acted as a representative of ours at key meetings.

Graham generously gave us his time to champion the Football Foundation’s cause through this wide-ranging activity simply because he wanted to help more people enjoy the benefits of playing sport purely for the love of it, never asking for anything in return.

The Foundation and the game will feel his loss deeply. Whilst he will be sorely missed, he will also be dearly remembered for his sublime talents, his extraordinary generosity of spirit, and his infectious enthusiasm and positivity.

ENDS

For more information contact
Rory Carroll on 07545 932432 or rory.carroll@footballfoundation.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

About the Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity. It is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. Its mission is to improve grassroots facilities, with aim of improving the quality of the experience of playing grassroots football, especially in deprived communities where health inequalities are the greatest and sports facility provision is the poorest; thereby, increasing the numbers of people participating in football and increasing the quality of skill levels.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded direct grants worth £580m and has secured an additional £800m in partnership funding.  This means more than £1.4bn has been invested into the grassroots game via the Football Foundation.

Since 2000 the Foundation has funded more than 15,000 grassroots projects, including:

  • 629 artificial grass pitches
  • 2,827 natural grass pitches
  • 973 changing pavilions
  • 97 multi-use games areas (MUGAs).

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