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Persimmon announces £600k of funding to support young people in sport

Persimmon Healthy Communities supports sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland.

From May to December 2017 we are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under.

Our main objective is for people to use the £750 to purchase sports kits and we would be delighted if you would put our logo on the kit! However, it may be that you don’t need kit and therefore we will consider other entries if you would like to purchase equipment or spend the money on your facilities.

As part of your entry (but not essential) you may also enter to win our fantastic grand prize – £200,000 to spend on your sport, club or team.

In January 2018 our 30 businesses will choose one entry to go forward into our national competition.

The national prize is a massive £200,000 for you, your club or team. And we’re not stopping there. We also have two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

So what are you waiting for? Apply HERE

FOOTBALL WAS NEITHER STARTED IN 1992 NOR INVENTED BY THE PREMIER LEAGUE.

It’s difficult now in 2016 to remember a time when there was no Premier league, kids of today will assume it has always been this way, I can assure you that I for one am unfortunately old enough to remember when the whole league system was united and money was shared.

So we look back now and consider…

Has the Premier league failed to live up to its founding principles??

Good question, let’s go back to 1992 when the elite clubs fought to  have a breakaway league, they said;

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Youngsters being ‘priced out’ of grassroots football by high charges for all-weather pitch

A row has broken out about the right to charge football players for the use of an all-weather pitch paid for with money intended to boost access to the grassroots game it is claimed by the Nottingham Post. Details are as follows. 

Burton Joyce Parish Council is charging up to £67 for people to hire an all-weather football pitch, with adjoining playing fields fenced off to the public 

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A row has broken out about the right to charge football players for the use of an all-weather pitch paid for with money intended to boost access to the grassroots game.

Some parents in Burton Joyce think that the £374,000 facility at the Poplars, which opened over the winter, is pricing young people out of using the area that used to be free for a kickabout.

But Burton Joyce Parish Council has defended its decision to charge between £40 and £67 to hire the pitch for the length of a game, and said 500 players use the facilities without complaint each week in front of 400 parents.

Steve Brown, who lives in the village, said: “The facility, which was once the hub of the community, is now locked away from use.
  
“Strangely, Burton Joyce Parish Council has taken it upon itself to erect a two-metre-high metal security fence around the 15-acre park fields and put up signs saying that the grassland is only available for private hire.

“That’s OK for the teams and those able to afford or plan ahead but what about the real grassroots of sport, a casual kick around after school, a parent and teenager game of cricket, a family game of rounders and a picnic?
‘Seemingly, the likes of these activities are not welcome at the Poplars,” he added.

Mr Brown said that he feels like the 15-acre Poplars space is all fenced off, despite the new pitch only taking up a small section of the fields.

Burton Joyce Parish Council says the fence protects the new pitch from vandalism and said the Poplars was never a public park in the first place.

Council chairman Steve Cluff said: “It has been the case due to the lack of security through boundary control, that over the years the Poplars has been subjected to numerous break-ins, car thefts, ram raids, unsociable evening activity and an explosion in random play, goal damage and dog fouling.
  
“It has been 100 per cent successful in reducing crime and drug use since December 2015 at the ground.

“The Poplars Sports Ground is not a public park and never has been since its inception in 1997.

”We pay rent and rates to the tune of £25,000 which has been traditionally funded from our various sports clubs.”

The pitch was part-funded by the FA and the Football Foundation to the tune of £259,000.

Gedling MP Vernon Coaker wrote to the parish council on behalf of Mr Brown and said he could understand both arguments.
He said: “It’s a fantastic investment that has been introduced to Burton Joyce. It’s led to a major new facility, which is great. 

The council has tried to ensure as much accessibility as possible while ensuring the quality of provision is maintained.

“Sometimes that’s a very difficult balance but if this issue remains, I’m sure the council will be open to people talking to them about it.”

Story via The Nottingham Post