£93 million funding to grassroots sports across UK announced in Chichester

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Sports Minister Stuart Andrew announced the major funding to grassroots sports at Chichester City FC’s football ground.

The announcement took place at Oaklands Park, home to the Chichester City FC’s new stadium. More than 1,100 multi-sport grassroots projects across the UK are set to benefit from this £93 million funding. It is said to be going towards new pitches, changing rooms, goalposts and floodlights.

Over £700,000 of funding will help Chichester City Youth FC (CCYFC) grow from having 18 teams to 26, and Chichester City FC and CCYFC will build on a strong women and girls offer by increasing teams from six to 10 within five years of completion.

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Sports Minister Stuart Andrew said: “Sport and physical activity are vital to our mental health and wellbeing, and each year thousands of people make a New Year's resolution to exercise more.

More than 1,100 grassroots sport projects will benefit from £93 million of funding as part of the continued drive to get more people active, the Government has announced today (Saturday 27 January).More than 1,100 grassroots sport projects will benefit from £93 million of funding as part of the continued drive to get more people active, the Government has announced today (Saturday 27 January).
More than 1,100 grassroots sport projects will benefit from £93 million of funding as part of the continued drive to get more people active, the Government has announced today (Saturday 27 January).

“We know one of the major barriers to getting active is having access to high-quality sports facilities, which is why we are investing in 1,100 more projects, backed by £93 million.

“This government has delivered thousands of new projects across the UK with the aim of getting over 120,000 more people to get active, helping us to make big strides towards meeting our ambitious target of 3.5 million more people active by 2030.”

Robert Sullivan, CEO of the Football Foundation said: “This year, the Football Foundation will provide more great places to play than ever before. This 3G stadia pitch is just one of many sports facilities across the county that will have a transformative impact on physical and mental wellbeing, bringing people together and strengthening the local community here in Chichester from the roots up.

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“Thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government we will deliver better pitches ensuring healthier lives and stronger communities.”

Chichester MP and Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom Gillian Keegan.Chichester MP and Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom Gillian Keegan.
Chichester MP and Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom Gillian Keegan.

The Government’s Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme is investing in areas that are most in need of new or renovated facilities, with at least 50 per cent of the investment to be spent in the most deprived local authorities with high levels of inactivity. Through the programme more high-quality facilities are being made available for people to play football, rugby and other grassroots sports.

MP for Chichester Gillian Keegan was in attendance and spoke about the opening of the football club’s newly funded pitch and more. She said: “What we've done today is we've officially opened this new pitch at the Chichester Football Club. It is a 3G astroturf pitch, which is state of the art and you can use it in all weathers. There’s also been a very exciting funding announcement for grassroots sports.”

“It will allow many more clubs to its great facilities allowing many more clubs to come here. I've spoken to clubs who are increasing the time they spend here, or the number of teams are moving to use this fantastic facility as someone lucky enough to meet the Lionesses on several occasions. It is they have ignited women's football.

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"Here in Chichester, we've had a women's football team playing since the late 90s. We were probably one of the early football teams, but more and more and more girls are playing more young kids are playing as well. I see more and more girls’ teams play in very competitive football and as we all saw, doing well.” There is also funding in place for Barnham Trojans FC for new goalposts and Wittering United FC for floodlights respectively.