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West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady opens 3G football pitch in Beckton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 February 2017

West Ham United Foundation chief executive, Joe Lyons, vice chairman, Karren Brady and defender Reece Burke

West Ham United Foundation chief executive, Joe Lyons, vice chairman, Karren Brady and defender Reece Burke

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The vice-chairman of West Ham has unveiled a new all-weather 3G pitch in Beckton.

Defender Reece Burke with players from the West Ham ladies teamDefender Reece Burke with players from the West Ham ladies team

Karren Brady, who was one of several special guests, cut a ribbon to launch the state-of-the-art facility - which has replaced a sand-based playing surface - at the playing fields in Albatross Close yesterday.

The businesswoman, who also stars in BBC’s The Apprentice, was joined by Joe Lyons, chief executive of West Ham United Foundation, and young Hammers defender Reece Burke.

The new pitch, which is projected to increase overall sports participation by 78 percent and will see 17 new teams created, was supported by a grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation yesterday.

Karren Brady said: “This is what football is all about, seeing players of all different ages and backgrounds enjoy themselves purely for the love of playing the sport.

West Ham Foundation's new 3G pitchWest Ham Foundation's new 3G pitch

“This new all-weather pitch will make a tremendous difference, helping youngsters across Beckton and beyond to adopt football as a real passion - a platform to make positive life choices and engage among the local community.

“These grassroots facilities are so vital in helping achieve this, providing safe and accessible sporting venues for people to stay healthy and enjoy their football.

“I’m delighted that the facility is now up and running thanks to our partnership with the Premier League and the generous financial support of the FA Facilities Fund.”

The West Ham United Foundation will also use the pitch to deliver a wide range of social, educational and community-outreach programmes including Premier League Primary Stars, Premier League Kicks and inclusive disability sport.

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