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Football boost for Catterick

[Thursday 18 May 2006]

YOUNG FOOTBALLERS in Catterick Village are celebrating today following a £100,000 award by the Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity.

The cash bonanza will allow Richmondshire District Council to work with the Catterick Village Sports Association and the Junior Football Club to develop ground adjacent to the existing playing field to provide two further football pitches.

Grass roots football is the lifeblood of the game in this country which is why is vital that projects such as this now have the benefit of Foundation cash

Paul Thorogood - Chief Executive, Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country.

Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association, Sport England and the Government, the Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity with a £45m budget going straight into the heart of the game.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation welcomed this latest funding boost:

"We warmly congratulate the club for their hard work and dedication in securing this award. Grass roots football is the lifeblood of the game in this country which is why is vital that projects such as this now have the benefit of Foundation cash."

Bob Thornton, Chair of Catterick Village Junior Football Club was thrilled at the news:

"it has taken over 5 years in association with the District Council to take ownership of the land adjacent to the existing sports field and then secure funding to commence the ground works. The Junior Football Club will now be able to move forward with the development plans."

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