New star signing for the Football Foundation

Hayley McQueen was today announced as an Ambassador for the Football Foundation – the charity that develops better grassroots sport facilities with money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England).

Hayley is one of the UK’s best-known female sport journalists. Familiar to anyone who watches Sky Sports News HQ, Hayley has anchored on the show for five years.  She has worked in football for 12 years both behind and in front of the camera and anchored live programmes from the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League, League Cup and Champions League. She was the launch presenter for Sportswomen on Sky Sports, a weekly show dedicated to women in sport.

Speaking about her appointment to the Ambassador role, Hayley McQueen said: ‘‘I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for the Football Foundation.  It does such an important job in helping schools and clubs to provide safe and comfortable places for more people to play sport.

“I know how playing football and other sports can help people, especially youngsters, build their self-esteem, stay healthy and learn valuable life skills, like team-work and good communication.

“I also know from my experience at Middlesbrough FC and Manchester United the fantastic work that professional football clubs’ Foundations and Trusts do for local communities.  I love the way the Football Foundation looks to encourage that great work at the sites it develops where appropriate.

“I now can’t wait till I next get out and see some Foundation projects!”

Rory Carroll, Head of Communications at the Football Foundation, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Hayley on board as a Football Foundation Ambassador. 

“She is such a popular figure and a brilliant communicator.  Having someone with her profile and her passion for the game is invaluable for a charity like us.

“Hayley is used to reporting on major football signings herself but as far as we’re concerned we have recruited a real star!”

Hayley’s appointment follows last week’s announcement of Huddersfield Town FC manager, Chris Powell, as a fellow Football Foundation Ambassador, making it an incredibly successful double-signing of supporters for the charity in this transfer window!

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 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – meaning it has delivered nearly £1.3bn of grassroots investment