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Thanks to Football Foundation


Posted Jul 13, 2023

People living in Swindon are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities thanks to a £250k grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

Today Swindon Town Football Club Community Foundation cut the ribbon on its brand-new covered sports facility, the Nigel Eady Training Centre. This bespoke facility, unique to Swindon, will allow the Foundation to provide football and sports opportunities to all members of our community, whatever the weather. 

These improved facilities will make a huge difference to the Foundation’s more vulnerable participants, such as the very old, the very young, and people with disabilities. 

The site will be used by the Foundation, the Swindon Harriers Athletics Club who share Foundation Park, and will be available for use by the Swindon Community. 

This project has also been supported by the Nigel Eady Trust, the trust fund left by lifelong Swindon Town fan Nigel Eady, who left his legacy to benefit the Swindon Town FC community. 

Partnership funding and support has also been received by Swindon Borough Council, South Swindon Parish Council, Wiltshire Community Foundation, the Hills Group, Crapper & Sons, EFL Trust, Intel and Imagine Cruising. 

Jon Holloway, Head of Foundation said: 

This brand new, state-of-the-art facility represents our commitment to the people of Swindon, and the community that has been built around the Football Club. After opening Foundation Park with the assistance of the Football Foundation in 2019, we identified another gap in the provision of sports facilities in Swindon. The support and funding that we have received from the Football Foundation and all our partners, has helped us build this amazing facility that will enable even more people to participate in sports – right on their doorstep.”

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country.

Good quality playing facilities have a transformative impact on physical and mental health and play an important role in bringing people together and strengthening local communities.

This grant award to STFC Community Foundation towards developing The Nigel Eady Training Centre is fantastic news for the local community and will help give more people access to a great place to play.”
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