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Ace Agbonlahor "cheques" in with giant funding boost

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Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor proved he can deliver the goods on and off the pitch - as he handed over a massive cheque to an aspiring football club from the area.

The cash boost of £714,129 will go towards developing a third generation artificial grass pitch and state-of-the-art pavilion for young footie aces from Boldmere Falcons.

Villa star Agbonlahor presented the giant cheque to Boldmere Sports & Social Club with £464,129 coming from The Football Foundation - a sports charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government [via Sport England] - and an additional grant of £250,000 from The FA, as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan.

This specific aspect of funding has been awarded to support the sustainability of community clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high quality environment.

Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities have contributed a further £50,000 to the project.

When complete, the artificial grass pitch and changing rooms will allow Boldmere Falcons, part of Boldmere Sports & Social Club, use of elite training facilities, changing rooms and medical and referees provisions.

Previously, the club could not train on the site during the winter and could not offer enough adequate facilities for its female members.

Agbonlahor was thrilled to get involved and said: "When complete, these facilities will be really fantastic.

"Having played football in the Midlands since I was young, I know the huge benefit that this site will have for local footballers.

"It is great to see money from the top of the game and Sport England going into the grassroots through the Football Foundation."

Brian Bryant, Chairman of Boldmere Falcons, continued: "This is a proud day for the club and for me as chairman.

"It has been my dream for over four years to improve facilities for the boys and girls at this club, and thanks to the support of the Football Foundation and other supporters that dream is coming true."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: "This funding is excellent news for the Boldmere area.

"Boldmere Falcons, Boldmere Sports & Social Club and the Birmingham County FA deserve credit for their hard work in making this happen.

"This project is but one of thousands that the Foundation is supporting across the country. In Birmingham alone we have supported 232 projects worth £32.1m."

Click here to check out pictures from the event.

By @AVFCOfficial 8th February 2011
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