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St George's Park handed a £200 booster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

A family who are donating £200 to the work we do with the community at St George's Park FA Centre. FR: Barbara Walker, Lee Brown, Terry Walker BK: Karen Walker, David Barber, Jayne Wain, Jason Whittenham

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BOSSES at St George's Park have been handed a £200 boost to continue work in the community.

Chiefs at the national football centre accepted the cheque from the family of Terry Walker.

Mr Walker recently passed away and one of his final wishes was for funds to be raised to help support the growth of grassroots football at the £105 million centre.

The money will now be used to support a variety of projects.

The cash boost comes after it was revealed that, since the start of the new season on August 1, a total of 850 players from 100 teams have made use of the community side of the centre.

Lee Brown, community development manager at St George's Park, said: "We have a great relationship with East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Football Association, Derbyshire Football Association and Birmingham County Football Association, which opens up a whole host of possibilities for teams in the area.

"We open our doors by offering certain pitches for free and some at a reduced rate so that we can help with the development of the grassroots game – this is something that fits in with the whole game message of St George's Park," said Mr Brown.

"We can have a group of schoolchildren playing in the Futsal hall one side of the site and a Premiership team on the other side."

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