Footballers celebrate new pitches

Published Wednesday, 04 June 2014

FOOTBALLERS in Hinckley braved the elements to celebrate the official opening of Richmond Park’s new and improved real grass pitches.

Cllr Keith Nichols, Deputy Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, was on hand to open the two senior pitches and up to four mini pitches for junior sides, which were made possible thanks to a £149,823 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund and a further £123,000 funding from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.

The pitches now feature a new drainage system which will enable more football to be played more often, and will be home to junior teams from Green Towers FC Hinckley alongside the established Hinckley & District adult teams.

The improvement meant that despite pouring rain at the opening event, junior teams from Green Tower FC Hinckley and the Achievers Inclusive Football team, who participate in the FA Just Play scheme and feed players on to AFC Barwell Inclusive Team to play in the County Inclusive League, could show off their skills with a coaching demonstration.

Cllr David Cope, Executive Member for Culture & Leisure, said:

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and supported this fantastic project. It will support more people playing football more often and will make a real difference for everyone involved in football.”

Speaking at the event, John Denore, Independent Panel Member for the Football Foundation (the charity that delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund) and a Hinckley resident, said:

“This outstanding facility represents a lot of hard work from the Borough Council and the Leicestershire County FA, and I’m sure a big ‘thank you’ is in order on behalf of the local community and sports teams, not least, Green Towers FC and Achieve with Us Inclusive Football Team, who are already showing off their skills here on the new pitches today.

Facilities are a key driver for sports participation, which is why The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is proving such a valuable asset to grassroots sport nationwide. Right here in Hinckley, the community can now be proud of a fantastic example of what this funding is achieving across the country.”

The Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £651m – over £1bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation funding partners’ investment has provided 135 grants worth £13m towards grassroots sports projects worth almost £25m across the whole of Leicestershire.

Last updated: 04/06/2014 12:43