West Ham captain among footballers setting up housing initiative

PUBLISHED: 11:27 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 April 2016

Bobby Zamora, Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand have set up the Legacy Foundation

Bobby Zamora, Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand have set up the Legacy Foundation

Leanne Tritton

West Ham captain Mark Noble has joined fellow footballers Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora in setting up a new housing initiative.

The trio have set up the Legacy Foundation, a charity which will work alongside development partner McLaren to create new communities across the UK.

It will see community, sporting and youth facilities created alongside housing developments, with talks taking place about the possibility of building in Newham.

Noble said: “We will change the face of communities living in local council housing for generations, with a high percentage of all our schemes delivering social and key worker/affordable living, whilst also providing fantastic sports and academic facilities for tenants and adults alike.

“I know full well what it is like to have lived in such areas as Legacy is targeting and look forward to finding the next West Ham Captain in our foundation.”

The foundation aims to maximise the number of social and affordable homes provided in the developments.

Ferdinand, who retired from the sport last year, said: “We have spent years trying to figure out how we can make a difference to our communities.

“We haven’t spoken about our plans before but we now feel that we have the right team in place and the financial backing to make the dream a reality.”

Zamora, who played for the Hammers between 2004 and 2008, added: “We are now very keen to talk to local authorities to explore how the Legacy model can be implemented in their areas.’

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