England manager Gareth Southgate opens football hub

England manager Gareth Southgate opens football hub
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As always, it’s so inspiring to see so many young kids playing. It’s noticeable how many girls are playing today as well and what change that is in the dynamic of our sport in particular. It’s going to be fantastic and they’ll be lots of games across the weekend that’ll be cancelled that people can’t get on frozen pitches or waterlogged pitches that that won’t happen here now so children and adults would be able to use this pitch throughout the year for as many hours as they want with the floodlights as well That has a huge impact and I was just talking to some of the girls earlier just saying how much better it is then the other pitches they get to play on and you can see the excitement that that’s brought so there’s an inspiring quality to it as well that we’re investing not just in the future player that might come through and play for England but for children generally you know and this health and well-being element of having the opportunity to get out and run around and have facilities to play for every child is really important so it’s a huge commitment but a real ongoing success story. We see today you’ve got girls playing here, you’ve got a disability team. It’s constantly booked up with fit fans in their 50s who are down here in the evening getting fit, it really is a great facility for the whole community and not only is it getting young people and older people fit and active and healthy, but it’s actually bringing the community together and I think that’s at the heart of everything that they do here at Burton Albion it’s a community club with a great community trust and it really is making a difference. The bulk of the funding for this project, a million pound project, most of the cash has come from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. You know which is obviously organized and run by the Football Foundation so so it’s a great facility and one that’s going to benefit the whole community for decades to come.

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