Grassroots game thanks Sir Alex for support

Football Foundation pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson as he takes his bow from football's centre stage

As Sir Alex Ferguson calls time on his record-breaking career, the man who brought the glory days back to Manchester United has been thanked for his support of the grassroots game.

The Football Foundation - the UK's largest sports charity - has paid tribute to the most successful manager in British football history, outlining the support that he has provided to the Foundation throughout its 13-year history.

“Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson is quite rightly admired as this country’s greatest ever manager, he perhaps does not receive the recognition that he deserves for the support he has shown for community sport over the years," said Football Foundation Chief Executive Paul Thorogood.

"Despite a punishing schedule as the manager of the most successful club in the country, Sir Alex has also found time to support the grassroots of the game.

“The Football Foundation is just one organisation that Sir Alex has supported over the years. I would like to congratulate him, not only for his well-known achievements at the top of the game, but also for the unheralded support he has provided to the Foundation and to those who play football simply for the love of doing so.”

Since launching in 2000, the Football Foundation has developed 9,383 new grassroots projects with grants worth £413m, funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government (via Sport England).

In that time Sir Alex has officially unveiled four of the Foundation’s local sports sites:

* Salford Sports Village, March 2006 – 3G artificial pitches and changing rooms (FF funding: £900,000)

* Mersey Valley Sports Club, February 2007 – clubhouse and changing rooms (FF funding: £500,000)

* Broadoak School, October 2008 – 3G artificial pitches and changing rooms (FF funding: £1,000,000)

* Stretford High School, September 2012 – 3G artificial pitch (funded by the Premier League Community Facility Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation; PL funding: £350,000)

Image courtesy of the Football Foundation.

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