People living in Poole are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Dexter Sports have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their quality of the playing surfaces at Learoyd Road.
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.
Grassroots football matches and training cannot take place at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will only restart when it is safe to do so following government advice but this funding is great news for local football in the meantime.
This grant will enable Dexter Sports, which plays in the Dorset Youth Football League / Dorset Mini Soccer League which gives 250 players the chance to play football each week to improve their pitch facilities.
Players will be able to enjoy flatter and better quality pitches, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing playing surface which is prone to waterlogging and in need of improvement.
Dexter Sports Youth Football Club worked with the Football Foundation and the County FA to secure a grant towards the project.
Darren Colarelli, Chairman, Dexter Sports , said: “The grant will enable the club to work with the local council over the next five years to improve the quality of the pitches at Learoyd Road, Canford Heath with the aim to having the best grassroots football pitches in Poole, this will be a legacy for future youngsters in the area who play football locally”.
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. 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 Dexter Sports Youth Football Club in improving their grass pitches for their local community.
“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade. We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”