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The Prime Minister has announced an additional £ 50million for grassroots football pitches, to boost the wave of national interest in EURO 2020 and Women’s EURO 2022, and inspire stars of the future to embark on this sport.
The funding, which will be made available next year and prioritized for communities left behind, will allow more people to access high-quality soccer fields that can be used for soccer and other purposes. sports throughout the UK. It underlines the government’s commitment to take it to the next level.
Speaking from the UK Battery Industrialization Center (UKBIC) in Coventry, the Prime Minister outlined the challenges we face and the opportunities we need to seize to ensure we can rebuild better after the pandemic.
The new £ 50million investment will target communities left behind and tackle health inequalities, encouraging children and young people to become more active while ensuring that more people can enjoy our national sport . This is in addition to the £ 25million for new community football pitches announced by the Chancellor in the budget earlier this year.
This £ 50million investment is a further step in ensuring that everyone will be on average 15 minutes from a high quality football pitch.
Combined with contributions from the Football Association and the Premier League as well as other local partners, this latest funding commitment will allow the construction of 185 new 3G artificial pitches, the improvement of 5,000 existing turf pitches and the creation of 9 “hub” sites. »With several terrains.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
Building on the inspiring success of the Three Lions and as anticipation grows for the Women’s Euro next year, we want to seize the opportunity and build the pitches for a golden decade of football. This investment will provide the best facilities for the Kanes, Sterlings and Houghtons of tomorrow to develop their skills.
Playing sports is fundamental to rebuilding yourself better and in better health after covid. This additional £ 50million funding will ensure that families across the country have fantastic basic facilities on their doorstep. We are committed to taking it to the next level and we deliver.
FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said:
Grassroots football facilities play a vital role at the heart of our communities and investing in them has never been more important.
The government’s £ 50million, as part of its £ 550million campaign pledge, will help change and improve lives. More quality facilities across the country will help us find and inspire the next generation of English stars.
This funding will also play an important role in helping get people active again and improving the nation’s mental and physical health as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said:
It is great news that the government has confirmed this investment in grassroots football pitches at a time when interest in the game is at its highest following England’s fantastic EURO 2020 campaign.
These funds will enhance the important contributions of the Premier League, the FA and the government through the Football Foundation, enabling the delivery of more pitches and facilities in communities that need it most and helping to get even more people to practice this sport.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many football clubs at all levels of UK national football have benefited from a multibillion-pound package of government support, including the leave program and the Covid loan programs.
Last year the government introduced the £ 300million winter survival package to protect spectator sports in England and in this year’s budget an additional £ 300million was announced for a salvage package sport in order to continue supporting the clubs as fans return to the sites.
Separately, Sport England, which is funded by the government and the National Lottery, has provided £ 220million to support community sports clubs and exercise centers during the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England have also provided an additional £ 50million to help grassroots sports clubs and organizations as part of their Uniting the Movement strategy.