Tom Watson MP 'so proud' of Foundation

DEPUTY Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, was on hand to praise the work of The Albion Foundation whilst visiting two new state-of-the-art 3G pitches at George Salter Academy.

The project was made possible following a successful funding bid through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, and the Foundation's Premier League Kicks programme will benefit from the investment.

Speaking during his tour of the new facilities, the shadow Culture Secretary was pleased to see Albion's involvement with the pitches.

"I'm so proud of what The Albion Foundation does.

"These kids deserve as much as every other kid, no matter what their background is.

"The Foundation being part of this is really special."

The MP for West Bromwich East played a role in the successful bid and was delighted with the end result.

"This new pitch is a joy to behold, it's the pipeline for new talent but it is also the glue that holds our community together," added Tom.

Hayley James, Head of the Foundation's Engagement Department, explained the importance of having the artificial pitches available to the charity.

"It helps raise the profile of our Premier League projects having high quality facilities and being able to offer open access to local young people.

"The more opportunities we can provide to our young people the better, as it helps to raise their aspirations."

Adrian Price, Headteacher at George Salter's Academy, hopes the additional pitches will have a positive impact on people around the area.

"It's wonderful to see a tangible outcome that will make a difference in young people's lives.

"All the various partners need to feel really proud of themselves."

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