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Ellen Forster

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Premier League and FA to invest £500k in improving Watford facilities

The Premier League and The Football Association is to invest £500k into improving two football facilities in Watford.

According to the Watford Observer, The Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust has secured £329,199 to go towards building a new floodlit pitch with artificial grass.

The Westfield Community Technical College in Tolpits Lane is also expected to benefit from a new artificial pitch after securing £223,088 from the football authorities.

Minister for Sport, Helen Grant MP, who visited Watford today, said: “The Premier League & The FA Facilities fund is a fantastic collaboration between government and the football authorities that is helping to strengthen the national game’s grassroots.

“Good facilities such as 3G pitches are crucial to encourage and sustain participation as well as help develop the next generation of talent.

“This fund, delivered through the Football Foundation, is also helping to bring communities together through the power of sport and I know it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Greg Dyke, chairman of The FA, said: “Investment by The FA through the Football Foundation continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country.

“This latest tranche of funding presents even more opportunities to boost grassroots and deliver a highly efficient investment programme into facilities across the country.”

In total, 235 projects have benefited from a total of £44.8 million of investment since the fund opened for applications in January.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ellen Forster .

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