The press release reads:
Local MP to unveil Shilton’s new ball-stop netting
Stray shots and passes from footballers that play at Shilton playing fields in Coventry will no longer endanger the motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that use the adjacent Bulkington Road. New ball-stop netting funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, will allow local teams in Shilton to play football without the inconvenience of losing footballs as well as minimise the potential damage that could be caused by balls being kicked into the road.
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, will officially unveil the new ball-stop netting on Saturday 13 April at 9.00am at Shilton Playing Fields, Wood Lane, Shilton, Coventry, CV7 9JZ.
Shilton & Barnacle Parish Council and the Shilton Playing Fields Committee worked in partnership with the Warwickshire FA to secure a £10,484 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Ron Lissaman, Groundsman of Shilton playing fields, said: “We are very grateful for the funding support from the Football Foundation, which has enabled us to provide much needed safety fencing to prevent any danger from the sports field to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on the adjacent busy road, the B4029.
“The fencing will also allow us to replace the now dead hedgerow without any fear of it being damaged by stray footballs or people having to go through and get the balls back from the roadside.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed. Alongside the Warwickshire FA, Shilton & Barnacle Parish Council has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.
“Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”
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