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Andros helps school give kids a better chance to play

22 January 2014|Tottenham Hotspur

Andros Townsend visited a school in North London this week to officially unveil a newly resurfaced third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at Capital City Academy in Brent, funded by the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.

He was joined by England Women international, Rachel Yankey OBE, Sir Trevor Brooking CBE and former Spurs striker Garth Crooks OBE, who is also a Governor and a driving force behind sport at the Academy.

To commemorate the day, which also celebrated the school’s 10th anniversary, pupils took part in a friendly match before Andros and Rachel Yankey gave a Q&A session, hosted by Garth, in the Academy’s theatre.

The upgraded facility will provide Capital City Academy, Brent Council Sports Department, the London Football League and ABC Coaching with a state-of-the-art playing surface to help encourage participation in football amongst youngsters in the area.

The site will also have time available for community hire such as after-school clubs and local primary schools and will allow Capital City Academy enhance its links with local professional football clubs.

The school worked in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure a £366,368 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £473m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional £732m – £1.205bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Across the whole of London, the Foundation has awarded 129 grants totalling £22m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £52m.

Andros said: “It was fantastic to help open the new 3G surface at Capital City Academy, and to see so many kids enjoying the new pitch already. Facilities like this one are crucial in aiding the development of young players.

“It wasn’t so long ago that I was playing on surfaces like this, so I can vouch for how good they really are. More pitches like this one mean that less games are called off because of bad weather - something that is particularly relevant given the sort of weather we have been having lately!”

Garth said: “This new 3G surface is going to be a great asset to Capital City Academy and the local community, I only wish there were facilities like this when I was younger! The beauty of this facility is that it is also floodlit which means that, during the winter months, play can continue into the late evening regardless of the weather.”