As part of the Government’s commitment to improving access to high quality sports facilities for the underprivileged and underrepresented across England, grassroots football facilities across England will benefit from an initial £39 million of UK government funding, as part of a major commitment to levelling up access to physical activity across the nation. The funding, combined with contributions from the FA, Premier League, clubs and other local partners, will improve the quality of community facilities, bring people together to enjoy playing sport in their local area, regenerate communities and enhance social cohesion.
Suella was delighted to see that Brookfield Community School has been selected as part of this initial investment, along with 115 other locations. Brookfield Community School will receive £554,627 to deliver a brand-new floodlight 3G football pitch. Once built, the pitch will measure 100m by 64m, providing a high-quality space for a fully operational 11-a-side football pitch.
The initial provision of £39 million will be provided for football facilities in England this financial year, out of a total of £230 million set to be invested to help to build or upgrade up to 8,000 quality pitches across the UK over the next four years. The funding will also support the construction or refurbishment of clubhouses, changing facilities and community buildings. Further locations will receive funding to create and improve pitches, changing rooms and pavilions, so that more local communities can access high-quality facilities.
Commenting Suella Said:
“This is excellent news. I am very happy for Brookfield Community School, this £554,627 of Government funding will make such a difference to so many. Sports provide us with many benefits, especially at a young age. Having access to this expert facility will provide a place for people to get fitter, improve mental wellbeing, build confidence and form strong relationships.”