The magnificent new 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium opened in 2007. It was built on the site of the iconic and historic “Twin Towers” stadium to provide the England National football Team with a state-of-the-art home and as the venue for all major football fixtures in England. It is the headquarters of the Football Association and also hosts other sporting showpiece occasions such as the Rugby League Challenge Cup final and an NFL American Football regular season match. Wembley is also a leading live music stadium, the home of Live Aid and host to landmark tours by Queen, Take That and U2 amongst many.
Out of the total rebuild cost for the stadium close on £800 million; a sum of £120 million was lottery funding provided through Sport England. In recognition of this generous award, a legal agreement was put in place whereby after five years of operation, the Stadium would donate 1% of its gross annual takings into an independent charitable grant-making trust. This contribution is estimated to be around £1 million per annum.
The five year ‘grace period’ expired on 9th March 2012. Since then we have supported a range of community sports activities, particularly but not exclusively for young people, encouraging the widest possible participation in football and other sports.
Many young people are excluded from taking part in sport, whether through a lack of good quality facilities and equipment, too few qualified coaches, or simply their own inability to meet the cost of participation.
We have three distinct geographical and thematic programmes:
- Community sports activities in the London Borough of Brent (the stadium’s “home borough” – supporting a wide range of grassroots clubs and organisations for people of all ages and abilities, working across some 30 different sporting activities.
- London-wide – following a very successful programme disability sports programme which ran from 2013-17, we are now working with three National Governing Bodies the ECB, England Netball and England Hockey) to increase the number of girls playing team sport in London. This will run from 2017-2020. To complement this programme, we are also supporting the development and training of a cohort of new female football coaches, through the Capital Women’s Football Partnership, headed by the London FA.
- England-wide – working in partnership with the EFL Trust, we are supporting the community trusts of professional football clubs playing in the EFL to deliver disability football projects across the country.
Further details of each programme can be found on the What We Do page.