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Football Remembers

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, December 9, 2014 — First World War

Executive Producer, The Last Post Project http://www.superact.org.uk/thelastpost/

“Here we were, laughing and chatting to men who only a few hours before we were trying to kill!  Some of our men even left the trench to play football.”  It’s a simple idea: take the Premier League’s existing under 12s Christmas Truce tournament as a starting point, and create a mass participation opportunity for schools to…

A Game of Two Halves – One Hundred Years Apart

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, December 2, 2014 — First World War

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Did you see any of the game on BBC2 ? I was lucky enough to be there – one of the 45,000 or so packed into Wembley to watch England go down 0-3 to Germany. A fair result? Probably. Disappointing? Definitely. But Germany is a world-class team and they showed us what we’ll be up…

FA Skills programme hits 6 million mark

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, September 16, 2014 — Sport

I was delighted to join the Secretary of State Sajid Javid and his counterpart at the Department for Education Nicky Morgan in New Palace Yard last week to celebrate the landmark six millionth place on the FA Skills programme. FA Skills is a football coaching programme that takes place both in and out of school…

The grass is greener on the 3G side for community football

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, April 11, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Last night the Kent FA Women’s Cup Final was held at Maidstone United’s Gallagher stadium. Gillingham Ladies won the cup for a third successive year beating Charlton Athletic Women’s Reserves 3-0 and I congratulate them on their win. There was a difference to most major football finals though and that was the playing surface used,…