Football legends have hailed today’s announcement of a £10m scheme to create new football hubs in Sheffield as a ‘huge advantage’.
Dronfield-born England star Gary Cahill said: “Growing up and playing in Dronfield and the surrounding areas I know how important football facilities are. In recent years we’ve had a steady flow of young players from Sheffield coming through the ranks. But we want more.
“Better facilities can only help.
“Being able to play and learn football on 3G will be a huge advantage for locals clubs and players.”
Former England star Danny Mills, who was at the project launch at the U-Mix centre in Lowfield yesterday, said the scheme was something all players would back.
He added: “Most players over 25 grew up playing football constantly, wherever they could - now we don’t have kids playing in the streets so much so we need to create facilities .
“There are schools where you can’t play football in the grounds, we’ve almost gone crazy. So we have had to create some safe environments for kids to play in.”
Former sports minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn said it was a ‘great accolade for Sheffield’ and the FA had ‘woken up’ to the need to increase skills and facilities.