People living in Carlisle, Cumbria are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Unisun Athletic have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their matchday equipment.

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.

This grant will enable Unisun Athletic, which plays at Adults & multiple Age Groups in the Cumberland FA & Longhorn League, which gives 210+ players the chance to play football each week, to improve their matchday facilities.

Players will be able to enjoy better quality goals and equipment, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing goals and equipment, which is was indeed of replacement.

Unisun Athletic worked with the Football Foundation and the Cumberland FA to secure a £2880 grant towards the project.

Colin Denovellis, Club Secatary said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches and community here. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, physical health and mental focus. To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation’s favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Unisun Athletic JFC in developing their matchday facilities for the local community.

“Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country. We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we’ll be investing £1bn across the country over the next 10 years.”

Important Info:

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded over 17,377 grants worth more than £684m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of £870m – totalling over £1.5bn of investment into the grassroots game.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Football Foundation aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

For more information please contact:

Jack Cavilla on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or [email protected]

February 14, 2020