Council secures funding for safer goalposts

Press Release: 22/09/2010

Following a successful funding bid, the Football Foundation has awarded Winchester City Council a £1,865 grant to help replace football goalposts with new, safer ones.


The Council was awarded the grant after applying to the Football Foundation’s Goalpost Safety Scheme.  Since 1991, nine young footballers have been killed across the UK by unsafe goal posts, and many more have been seriously injured by posts and crossbars that fail to meet safety standards.


Teaming up with The Football Association, the Football Foundation has earmarked almost £4m to replace non-compliant and unsafe goals in England at thousands of schools, clubs and parks across the country.


Funded by the Premier League, The FA, Sport England, and the Government; the Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising grass roots football by constructing modern facilities and developing football as a force for social cohesion.


Cllr Lucille Thomson, Portfolio Holder for Active Communities, thanked the Football Foundation, She said: “This funding towards new, safer goalposts is a fantastic boost.  Football is our national sport and it is great that the Football Foundation is investing in improving the grassroots of the game.”