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Upgraded grassroots football pitches unveiled in Thursby

Upgraded grassroots football pitches unveiled in Thursby

Date published: 10/07/2017
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Upgrades made to previously unusable football pitches were officially unveiled in Thursby, thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The grant has enabled Thursby Sport & Recreation Committee to make much-needed repairs to existing pitches, which have been unplayable following heavy rainfall. The project, which included extensive draining and surface improvements, has resulted in an upgraded full-size pitch and a brand new Mini-Soccer pitch.

The committee worked alongside the Cumberland FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation. 

The site will be used by local club Dalston Junior Black Reds FC’s 14 youth teams, who are planning to strengthen their link with Thursby School and introduce 10 new teams. This includes plans to create new girls teams at Under-10, Under-11, Under-12 and Under-13 age groups.

Ships Inn FC will also use the new pitches, and will work with Dalston Juniors to create pathways for players into their adult teams. Additionally, the local community hopes to establish a new Over-35 team. 

The committee worked in partnership with the Cumberland FA to secure a £60,034 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation. 

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 94grants worth £3.4m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £6.7m across the whole of Cumberland.

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. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Keith Mason, Chairman of Thursby Sport & Recreation Committee, said: “The impact this development will have on the village and surrounding area will be huge, we really want to start to encourage the whole community to join with us and become more physically active. 

“The Committee have worked really hard to make this happen, and my thanks go to them, and our funding partners, who have made this possible.”

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 Thursby Sport & Recreation Committee to upgrade their grass pitches. 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 £1.4bn, 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 Carlisle 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 of it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Sophie Huby on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or sophie.huby@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“The impact this development will have on the village and surrounding area will be huge, we really want to start to encourage the whole community to join with us and become more physically active.

Keith Mason, Chairman of Thursby Sport & Recreation Committee

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