Football Focus presenter Dan Walker has become the Football Foundation’s latest big name signing.
The BBC man joins the growing list of Football Foundation ambassadors that includes Gary Neville, Ben Shephard, Dion Dublin, Graham Taylor, Faye White and Peter Beardsley.
The Football Foundation is the country’s biggest sports charity and funds the development of better community sports facilities with money provided by the Premier League, the FA and government (via Sport England).
“I am thrilled to become an ambassador for the Football Foundation," said Walker.
“The grassroots is so important to our national game and the volunteers that give up their weekends so people of all ages and abilities can play for the love of it deserve all the help they can get – and decent pitches and facilities.”
The Crawley Town fan wasted no time in getting out and about last week to promote how Foundation partners’ funding is supporting the millions of grassroots players and volunteers at the community football level.
He presented a cheque for £150,000 of Foundation funding to Sheffield City Council which will help to develop a brand new floodlit third generation artificial grass pitch (AGP) in North West Sheffield, at the Wisewood Sports Centre.
The two partner junior teams, Wisewood JFC and Sheffield Sixes JFC, will be two of the many clubs to benefit from the new pitch which will be managed by the newly-created Forge Valley School.
Sheffield City Councillor Lesley Whittington said: “This project will make use of what would otherwise be a derelict former school site, involving several partners to provide a facility for activities that will raise participation in the area.
“We are extremely grateful for the grant awarded to us by the Football Foundation.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dan Walker as an ambassador – and as a Sheffield resident it was a particularly fitting first visit to present a cheque on behalf of the Foundation towards developing a stunning new 3G surface at the Wisewood Sports Centre."
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, including 87 grants totalling over £13m to projects in the Sheffield area.
The Foundation's funding has been used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m nationwide and £40m in the Sheffield area.
You can find out more about new Football Foundation ambassador Dan Walker in this Club Website interview from last year in which Dan talks grassroots football, his journey into broadcasting, Crawley Town FC and much more...