Thursday 25 July 2013
Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has officially opened a new community facility – part-funded by the Premier League Community Facilities Fund – for the young people of Bolton.
"This facility is just one example of how football clubs across the country are serving as hubs in their communities to encourage sport participation and make a positive social difference"
The Desso Idna-X Carpet pitch will be used solely for community use by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, club and trust education programmes, the Bolton and Bury District Junior Football League and for women’s football, disability football, development centres and school holiday football courses.
Freedman was joined at the plaque unveiling by local children and guests from related organisations, including the Premier League, Bolton Wanderers Football Club and the Football Foundation.
The Premier League Community Facility Fund – delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by the Premier League – is investing £18m over three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country. The Fund is open to all football club community-led organisations from the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: "The Premier League Community Facility Fund is all about providing sports facilities that reinvigorate local communities, and we are extremely pleased that the people of Bolton and the surrounding areas will be able to benefit from this investment.
"This facility is just one example of how football clubs across the country are serving as hubs in their communities to encourage sport participation and make a positive social difference."
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust delivers sport- and education-related activities to 150 local schools per year, reaching 80,000 children and providing over 5,000 hours of community work annually with the aim of improving lives in the local community.
Topics that form part of the projects delivered by the Bolton Wanderers Community Fund include community cohesion, increasing sports participation and health, as well as traditional football development work.
Ian Laithwaite, Head of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: "To open up a club facility for community use has had a huge impact on the participants and helped raise the aspirations of many young people. The facility will continue to have a large impact on the quality of community and education programmes within Bolton."