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Harry Gregg Foundation

A big name in sporting circles for over 70 years, Harry Gregg OBE agreed in late 2014 to a charitable foundation being set up in his name – with the aim of giving children and young people the opportunity and skills to follow their dreams and be the best person they can be.  He believed that football was a game for all – no matter what age, gender or physical ability.  And this has become the main thread throughout everything at the Harry Gregg Foundation.  The HGF now has over 1,000 children playing football over a three hour period every Saturday morning.  Added to this is their volunteer team, coaches, parents and grandparents attending the facility to assist and bring the children to play and watch.  The Foundation takes its responsibility for participants’ health and wellbeing very seriously – requiring each club to carry a first aid kit and have qualified first aiders at every game – and sought funding to purchase a defibrillator to be housed in the mobile unit which is out in the middle of the five football pitches they use (but, being portable, can also be taken to away games and other events).  With the collapse of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen during a Euro 2020 match earlier this year still fresh in their minds, the Committee offered a grant of £1,300 to meet the full cost of this all-important piece of kit.