Walton hosts Premier League Kicks Cup Tournament following £650,000 investment to Merseyside Youth Association’s Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields(June 01, 2015)
The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields, once derelict and vandalised, has been revived with a £650,000 investment from the Premier League and The FA.
On 28th May 2015 up to 600 youngsters represented their respective clubs at the Premier League Kicks Cup on the Jeffrey humble Playing Fields. It was Newcastle and West Ham who took home the trophies. Newcastle girls’ team edged Wigan Athletic 2-1 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 and West Ham mixed/boys sealed victory against Newcastle in a 1-0 thriller.
Steve attended the event and took some time to have a look around the new facilities featuring changing rooms, catering facilities, multi-purpose community hall, toilets and car park. He also took some time to roll back the years and have a quick kick-around himself!
Steve said: “It's an absolute transformation and a fantastic facility.
“When I used to play here there were only a couple of showers with warm water and it was always a mad scramble to get to one after a game.
“It's great to see women's football really booming. Some of the skills they showed were just frightening!
“Grassroots football has been in decline, it's nowhere near as popular as it used to be. But today isn't just about football, it's to celebrate an overall regeneration package and hopefully this will act as a catalyst for it.
“Sport is a universal language that kids from all different backgrounds can get involved with and that's the way you build social cohesion.
“This is what we need more of – innovative ways to regenerate.”