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PICTURES: Sir Trevor Brooking opens new Thamesmead football facility

PUBLISHED: 16:39 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 25 September 2013

Sir Trevor Brooking shows off his ball skills

Sir Trevor Brooking shows off his ball skills

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Football legend Sir Trevor Brooking opened a new community sporting facility in Thamesmead on Monday.

The multi-million pound Sporting Club Thamesmead features a new pavilion, a floodlit artificial pitch and grass pitches among other things.

Trust Thamesmead, who have developed the facility, say it will help them achieve their ambition of providing first class sports and leisure facilities at grassroots level in an area which is significantly lacking.

Sir Trevor said: “Projects such this one in Thamesmead, are so important for the local community. “They help increase participation in our national game by allowing more people to play, purely for the love of it.”

To gain funding for the pavilion, Trust Thamesmead worked in partnership with the London FA to secure a £769,112 grant from the Football Foundation which is funded by the Premier League, Football Association and the government via Sport England.

Sir Trevor is currently the FA’s head of football development.

Project leader Vic Grimes added: “Thamesmead will at last have the quality facility it has been sorely lacking for so long.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, added: “This is an outstanding new facility, which will benefit football and other sports in and around Thamesmead.

“Developing new grassroots facilities, such as this, is essential to increasing the number of people who have a chance to stay fit and healthy through participating in sport.”

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce was also at the event. She said: “It was an honour to meet Sir Trevor Brooking, undoubtedly an inspiring figure for younger generations.

“I hope that the opening of this new sporting facility will give young people the confidence they need to pursue their love of football and other sports, whether or not this is just for pleasure, or because they have ambitions to play professionally.”

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