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Thursday 01 December 2011
England Football Legend Kicks Off Slough's New Local Football Programme


England Football Legend Kicks Off Slough's New Local Football Programme

November 30th 2011, Slough: Sir Trevor Brooking was at Wexham School in Slough today to mark the official launch of the area’s Local Football Programme (LFP); a scheme that offers residents more routes into the national game and supports to invest in football facilities and infrastructure.

The Slough Local Football Programme is supported by the Berks & Bucks FA and volunteers from, Council, League Secretaries, players, coaches and referees; the Programme has a three year goal of changing the face of football for new and current players in Slough.

With a development plan in place that is dedicated to the development of grassroots football in Slough and creating provision for all, and with funding from Mars in the Community, which has invested £50,000 in Slough’s football infrastructure to date, the Local Football Programme has four major objectives for improving football throughout the borough:

1. To increase the number of people playing football in Slough by 10% over the next three years.
2. To improve the standard of football through courses for coaches, referees and players.
3. To improve the football facilities in Slough.
4. Create clear pathways for players from mini soccer through to adult football, including giving players new routes back into football. Eg The FA MARS Just Play programme and the Mars in the Community Development League.

In the last year the LFP has helped organise development courses for over 100 people to attend, including FA level 1 and 2 coaching, drug awareness and Emergency Aid.

The standard of football provision within Slough has improved greatly in the last year. The number of FA Charter Standard clubs in Slough has increased from two (in 2009) to fourteen; Charter Standard clubs have to achieve set standards in coaching, administration and child protection. The Slough Soccer Combination League, providing football for U11s to U18s has been awarded FA Charter Standard League status and Langley Hornets have achieved FA Charter Standard Community Club status, the pinnacle of the club development pathway.

The Slough LFP is always looking for volunteers to help it support football in Slough. We need passionate people who want to make a difference and help us improve grassroots football. If you are interested in getting involved or want to know more please contact Simon Wears on 07766774471 or secretary@sloughlfp.co.uk.

For more information on the Slough LFP’s activities please visit www.sloughlfp.co.uk and can also be found on both Facebook and twitter.

Simon Wears, Football Development Officer at Berks and Bucks FA, said:

“The last few months have been very productive within the Slough LFP and with support from both Mars InThe Community and the County FA; we’ve achieved so much in a very short space of time. The partnership with Mars in The Community and support from the County FA has been invaluable and all is looking very bright for the short, medium and long term future of all football within Slough”.

Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA’s director of technical development said:

“Grass roots football is vital to the health of the national game, which has always played a vital role in communities, so it’s great to see people from the local area working together with businesses, teams and leagues to make a real contribution to their area.”

The LFP provides on-going support with investment in infrastructure, pitch and changing room facilities and there are already 225 newly qualified coaches operating in the Slough area.

Fiona Dawson, President of Mars Chocolate UK said:

“Mars Chocolate has been based in Slough for nearly 80 years and is committed to supporting the local community. We are proud to link Mars in the Community to the LFP which is such a fantastic programme. We believe that it is important for everyone to enjoy an active lifestyle and through this programme we want to ensure that as many people in Slough have the opportunity to play football.”

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