Lord Cadogan joined the Foundation in 2001 and within a few months he conducted the turf cutting ceremony at LMPF Greenwich with one of our Vice Presidents Bob Wilson. The aim of the modernisation was to safeguard the long term future of this vulnerable ground and to transform it into the country’s first dedicated mini-soccer centre. Given that his first love was football, having been a distinguished centre back in his younger days, it was appropriate that this was one of his official duties. In fact Lord Cadogan was an accomplished all round sportsman also excelling in golf, cricket and racquets.
Since then through his exemplary leadership, the Foundation has enjoyed the most successful and least turbulent period in its entire 129 year history and the charity has greatly benefitted from his vast business, property and sporting expertise and experience. Having his steady and wise hand at the helm has made all the difference. From those openings of the new pavilions at Fairlop Oak Playing Field and London Marathon Playing Field Greenwich in the early 2000’s to the acquisition of London Marathon Playing Field Greenford in 2007 and the installation of the new 3G pitches at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre and Peter May Sports Centre in the following decade, his tenure has presided over a period of significant modernisation of facilities. Ground breaking projects such as the All Nations Football Programme, Active Angels, Female Coach Development and Coping Through Football have demonstrated the huge social and health benefits of sport and have helped to cement the Foundation’s reputation as a forward thinking, innovative and compassionate organisation. The scores of threatened playing fields that have been saved through our Fields at Risk Register have also added to our strategic value.
Since the drastic decline in the amount of available statutory funding at the end of the 2000’s, The Foundation’s fundraising output has increased enormously; and, thanks to Lord Cadogan’s inspiration, generosity and patronage of our Gala Dinners, we have reached a financial position that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
It just leaves us to say thank you so much Chairman for all that you have done for the Foundation and all the very best in your retirement.
We are delighted that the new Chairman is The Hon William Cadogan, Lord Cadogan’s son. William shares his father’s passion for sport and is excited by the challenges ahead and looking forward to helping the Foundation achieve even more success over the next few years.