The Football Foundation was recognised with a Special Achievement award at the MBNA North West Football Awards this week.
Chief Executive Paul Thorogood (pictured) received the award on behalf of the charity, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and government.
The award was recognition of the Foundation’s achievements since it was formed in 2000, with a focus on the the investment they have made in the grassroots of the game in the North West.
Over the last decade the Foundation has overseen a £144 million investment in 1,049 grassroots football projects across the region, including funding for 425 grass football pitches, 31 third generation artificial grass pitches, 40,000 free junior kits and 86 changing pavilions.
This investment in the North West is typical of the Football Foundation’s work across the country. Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, the Foundation – the UK’s largest sports charity – have invested in nearly 8,000 community sports projects worth £930m.
On receiving the award, Thorogood said: “This special achievement award recognises the work of everybody who has worked at the Foundation over the past 10 years, and I was delighted to be able to receive it on their behalf.”
The MBNA North West Football Awards, which celebrated the region’s footballing achievements on and off the pitch, took place in Manchester on Monday and were attended by more than 450 VIP guests from the football and business world – including Sir Bobby Charlton and David Moyes.
Other winners on the night included Bolton’s Chung-Yong Lee – surprise winner of the North West Premier League Player of the Year title – and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, who picked up the Manager of the Year award.
Well done to everyone to at the Football Foundation from all of us here at Club Website. Yet more deserved recognition for the fantastic work being done for grassroots football across the country.