Henley YMCA are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their Tiger Turf facility in Lawson Road with new fencing.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable Henley YMCA, which gives 100 or so young people and adults the chance to play football each week, to improve the security and thus safety of their 5-a -side Astro pitch.
Players will be able to continue to enjoy using the pitch as it has suffered numerous incidents of vandalism over the last 2 years which was putting a strain on its viability.
Henley YMCA worked with the Football Foundation and the Oxford FA to secure a £11,900 grant towards the project.
Lisa Grant, Henley YMCA General and Financial Manager, said, “This grant has enabled us to ensure that the Tiger Turf court is secure and reduce the damage caused through needless petty vandalism.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Henley YMCA in projecting the 5-a-side Astro Turf for their local community.
“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – support facility development projects like this across the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches.”