Exeter FC link with Barnstaple games area

EXETER City Football Club will be playing its part when new floodlights are switched on at the multi-use games area at Forches Cross Primary School today (Wednesday). The club will deliver football sessions to young people in the area, in partnership with

EXETER City Football Club will be playing its part when new floodlights are switched on at the multi-use games area at Forches Cross Primary School today (Wednesday).The club will deliver football sessions to young people in the area, in partnership with the social inclusion programme Positive Futures, which has already had huge success of cutting down youth crime in the area. For the official switch-on, Positive Futures will run a tournament on the pitch for local children and young people. Guests will include local Devon County Councillor Chris Haywood, Exeter City's Director of Football and ex-Spurs captain Steve Perryman and Director of Operations Frances Farley.Paul Evans, Regional Support Lead, Positive Futures South West said: "With the support of Exeter City and this top class venue, Positive Futures can really make a difference to the lives of many more young people in the area and that will have a noticeably positive impact on the local communities"The MUGA has been in use for four years and the floodlights are the culmination of five years' fundraising, to complete the facility.The project has been jointly developed by Forches Cross Primary School, Community Action North Devon and Positive Futures, Forches Community Association, Forches Youth Club, North Devon Homes, North Devon Police and Devon County Council.Funding was contributed by Devon County Council (�11,500), North Devon Council (�12,000), UEFA Jubilee Fund (�10,000), North Devon Homes (�12,500), Safer Community Partnership (�13,000) and Barnstaple Bridge Trust (�10,000).County council leader Brian Greenslade said: "We are proud of the strong link we have forged with Exeter City Football Club and are pleased to continue to support developments that have a direct impact on local communities. This official switch-on marks the completion of a superb new facility for the area, which is the result of an ongoing partnership between local organisations, councils and the local community. The games area provides a great range of sporting and recreational opportunities for local families."Local county councilor Chris Haywood added: "This opening is the culmination of several years' efforts from the local community and I am delighted to have been involved in this project throughout. This pitch will provide a superb facility for a wide range of activities, which will benefit a great number of families in the local community."The MUGA is also available for other groups to book. Contact Forches Primary School for details on (01271) 343214.


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