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Andy Carter Excerpts
Thursday 18th April 2024

(2 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Virginia Crosbie Portrait Virginia Crosbie (Ynys Môn) (Con)
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6. What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the multi-sport grassroots facilities programme in funding new sports facilities.

Andy Carter Portrait Andy Carter (Warrington South) (Con)
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8. What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the multi-sport grassroots facilities programme in funding new sports facilities.

Lucy Frazer Portrait The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Lucy Frazer)
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Between 2021 and 2025, the Government have committed more than £325 million to grassroots sports sites across the whole of the UK. That is part of our commitment to ensure every community has the facilities it needs. So far, almost 2,400 sites have been supported, creating more opportunities for people of all backgrounds across the country to get active.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer
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It is fantastic to hear about the community events taking place in the hon. Friend’s constituency. I am delighted that she has put together such an active and exciting event, and I wish her all the best on 8 June. Such events bring communities together. I wish her and everybody a wonderful time.

Andy Carter Portrait Andy Carter
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Cromwell Athletic, who play at Mary Ann Meadows in my constituency, have had to cancel almost 70% of their grass pitch games this season because conditions have made the ground simply unplayable. The pitch improvement programme shows that we need around eight 3G pitches in Warrington to cope with demand. Could my right hon. Friend set out what support is available to clubs with significant junior membership? I invite her back to Warrington to see some of the teams who are struggling to access 3G pitches, to talk about how we can help them.

Lucy Frazer Portrait Lucy Frazer
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Through our investment via the Football Foundation in England, we are actively supporting teams such as Cromwell Athletic up and down the country to get new artificial grass pitches. We funded the goalposts at Barrow Hall Primary School and put in a new artificial grass pitch at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School. It was a pleasure to visit my hon. Friend’s constituency, and I would be happy to meet him to discuss this issue further.