The Johan Cruyff Foundation has partnered with leading artificial turf manufacturer, TigerTurf, to install up to six children’s community sports pitches throughout the UK.
Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, the charitable organisation founded by Dutch football legend, Johan Cruyff, to give children the opportunity to play and be active, is expected to deliver outdoor playing areas manufactured by TigerTurf to schools and community areas around the country. Each ‘Cruyff Court’ is designed with the aim of encouraging children to get active and learn vital social skills such as respect, responsibility and integration through sports.
Introduced in 1997, the Foundation’s ‘Cruyff Court’ concept is a community leisure area measuring 42m x 28m and made using artificial turf. Every one of the new courts installed during its three-year partnership with TigerTurf will boast the optimum combination of durability, high-performance and safety for users of all ages.
Initially, the agreement is set to bring Cruyff Courts to six local areas; some of which in partnership with professional football clubs as part of their community outreach programmes.
Niels Meijer, Director of the Cruyff Foundation, commented: “The partnership with TigerTurf UK allows us to expand our activities in the UK. Being active at a young age is of severe importance for the development of a child. With the establishment of at least six Cruyff Courts, we are pleased that TigerTurf partners with us to provide state-of-the-art sport facilities in the UK so that more children can be active.”
Paul Langford, Managing Director at TigerTurf UK, added: “The Cruyff Foundation does a truly excellent job in encouraging children to stay active and healthy while learning vital social skills through sport. We’re honoured to have been approached to play our part in bringing some interactive spaces to schools and communities around the country.”
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