MP backs sports funding bid

PUBLISHED: 11:56 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

SPORTS clubs and schools are being encouraged to bid for funding from the Football Foundation – the biggest sports charity in the UK. North East Herts MP Oliver Heald is backing the move, and described the chance as a wonderful opportunity for organisa

SPORTS clubs and schools are being encouraged to bid for funding from the Football Foundation - the biggest sports charity in the UK.

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald is backing the move, and described the chance as a "wonderful opportunity" for organisations in North East Herts.

Mr Heald said: "The Football Foundation is transforming the landscape of grass roots sport across the country."

Since its launch in July 2000, the Football Foundation has supported more than 3,350 projects that are worth approximately £490m.

Mr Heald said: "The good news is if you have not already benefited, you have not missed your opportunity.

"With the Premier League, The Football Association, Sport England, and the Government each giving £15m every year, there is an annual budget of £45m available.

"This can go towards building new changing rooms or all weather pitches, starting community schemes, or even providing new football strips and equipment for junior teams.

"I am urging all schools, sports and youth clubs, football teams and local authorities in the area to get on the website and take advantage of the unprecedented funding opportunity on offer."

- Interested clubs and schools should visit the Football Foundation website at: www.footballfoundation.org.uk


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