Former Clitheroe loan star Duncan Watmore has been announced as an Ambassador for the Football Foundation – the charity that develops better grassroots sport facilities with money from the Premier League, The FA and the government.
Watmore plays for Premier League side Sunderland, and made his debut for the club in 2014 at the young age of 19.
It is so important that we improve the state of grassroots sport facilities across the country.Duncan Watmore
The forward – on loan at Shawbridge from Altrincham in 2011-12 – recently put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Duncan has broken through to regular first team action at Sunderland, where he is one of the Premier League’s most exciting young stars.
The forward has also represented England at both Under 20 and Under 21 level, while he is one of only two players in the history of the Premier League to have a First-class honours degree.
Watmore achieved the qualification recently, graduating from Newcastle University with a first in Economics and Business Management.
Duncan said: “I am delighted to become an Ambassador for the Football Foundation.
“It is so important that we improve the state of grassroots sport facilities across the country. It makes such a difference to kids, and frankly people of all ages, if they are playing their football on quality surfaces.
“The Foundation’s investment into increasing the capacity and quality of our sports infrastructure is giving more people the chance to play sport purely for the love of it.
“It is also essential for developing technical skills as a player. If we want to encourage the creation of more home-grown sportspeople, we need to develop the basic platform of proper public sports facilities as the starting point.
“In the Football Foundation, the Government and the football industry have created an incredible, business-like charity that is improving facilities at the grassroots right across the country.
“The Foundation also played a key part in the community sports hall at Altrincham who played a huge role in my development.
“It’s an incredible success story and I can’t wait to get started on playing my part in it!”