Sir Geoff Shows He Still Has the Skills; FOOTBALL: World Cup Hero Inspires Youngsters at New Centre of Excellence

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Sir Geoff Shows He Still Has the Skills; FOOTBALL: World Cup Hero Inspires Youngsters at New Centre of Excellence


Byline: By Sinead Keller

FOOTBALL legend Sir Geoff Hurst has unveiled a Warwickshire town's new pounds 1 million centre of excellence.

The former England player, famous for scoring a legendary hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup Final, officially opened Rugby Town Junior Football Club's centre in Kilsby Lane.

The club now has 12 new pitches, including one floodlit pitch, a pavilion housing changing rooms, a first aid room, a classroom, a bar, function rooms and the club's offices.

Work on the centre began in October 2004, with funding coming from several sources, including the Football Foundation and the Veolia Environmental Trust which supports community projects.

Brian Crinigan, who was part of the project team, said: "It was fantastic to see the centre of excellence being opened by Sir Geoff - I can't think of anyone more suitable for the task.

"The centre is the result of many years hard work and represents the club's commitment to youth football in Rugby.

"As well as it being a centre for youth football, the centre can also be used by the whole community for seminars, conferences and meetings.

"We are very grateful to the organisations which provided the assistance and funding which made the project possible. …

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