Dame Caroline Dinenage, Member of Parliament for Gosport and newly elected Chair of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, has welcomed £5,773 of funding for sports facilities in the Gosport constituency.
Two football clubs in the constituency have been awarded 4 grants to fund new goalposts. Solent Soccer Futsal has been awarded £720 for new goalposts at Crofton Community Centre Sports Hall, while Gosport Borough Youth Football Club has been awarded a total of £5,053 in 3 grants to purchase new goalposts in Holmebrook Valley Park, Arden Park, and Wilberfoss Playing Fields.
This comes as part of a wider £68 million investment into 1,700 multi-sports grassroots facilities nationwide.
Projects support a range of facility types, from the creation or upgrade of changing rooms, grass pitches and 3G football turf pitches and pavilions, to floodlights, fencing and improved disabled access.
This funding comes from the latest allocations of a £300 million UK wide capital investment in grassroots facilities to deliver upgrades, improvements, and new pitches–making more high-quality facilities available for people to play football, hockey, and other grassroots sports.
This programme will also ensure particular focus on increasing participation among underrepresented groups such as women and girls, and those with a disability.
Commenting, Caroline said:
“This is great news for the constituency that the government is investing £5,773 into our grassroots sports facilities.
“This will help to support Solent Soccer Futsal & Gosport Borough Youth FC to continue to encourage participation in sports, particularly for young people.
“It is so incredibly important for young people to stay active and healthy. I am very pleased to see the government committed to improving grassroots sport to achieve this aim.”
Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Lucy Frazer said:
“We are committed to levelling up access to sport which is so important for the nation’s physical and mental health.
“Today we are delivering more than 1,700 new and improved grassroots sports facilities across the UK to continue to support, sustain and grow community and grassroots sport-so that physical activity is accessible to all, no matter a person’s background or location”