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BLUE SKIES AHEAD FOR NORTH LO SPORT HAYLEY UNVEILS STUNNIN Sky Sports News anchor, Hayley McQueen, was at Woodhouse College in Finchley, North London, today (26 April) to mark the official opening of the sixth form’s new £470,554 floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The opening ceremony was Hayley’s first official engagement as an Ambassador for the Football Foundation. The college’s new facility was made possible thanks to a £220,554 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The new surface replaces an old sand-dressed pitch, which had become so worn it was no longer fit for use. Hayley, who is one of the UK’s best-known female sports journalists, marked the opening by unveiling a ceremonial plaque before spending time talking to the pupils about her career as a sports broadcaster and her love for the grassroots game. The Football Foundation worked with Woodhouse College and Middlesex FA to produce a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP). The FDP outlines a vision for how the facility will benefit the community in years to come and how football will be delivered at the site, with an emphasis on increasing participation. The pitch will be used by students at the college, as well as the main partner clubs AC Finchley FC (24 teams), Oakhill Tigers FC (ten teams), Alexandra Park Youth FC (30 teams), Olympiacos Youth FC (nine teams), Whetstone Wanderers FC (36 teams) and Old Woodhouseians FC (eight teams). The Plan also foresees the creation of an additional 13 male, female and disabled teams. Specifically, AC Finchley FC and Whetstone Wanderers FC will work alongside the college and Middlesex FA to provide opportunities for Under-12 and Under-16 disabled teams to train on the new pitch. The state-of-the-art facility will also play host to a girls’ drop-in session, and competitive league. Other initiatives created by the FDP include Mars Just Play and Football Futures sessions, while other sports are expected to feature as part of the college’s PE curriculum plan. There are also plans in the pipeline for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to use the pitch as a community hub, from which they will deliver a range of outreach programmes, which will benefit local people and groups even further. The project has also received £100,000 funding from The FA, as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England. This is awarded to support the sustainability of community clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high quality environment. The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around Hayley speaks to students from the college and offers advice for their future careers GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL www.grf-football.co.uk 18