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Whittington Park

Whittington Park

A Foundation facility grant of £722,925 has helped fund a new, floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch and changing rooms, with an environmentally conscious roof, at Whittington Park in the built-up North London borough of Islington.

The facilities enable football and other sports to be played after dark and right through the winter and rainy season. An additional revenue grant of £46,381 has ensured that the football development plan – drawn up as part of the application – is implemented – meaning that the new site will result in maximum usage.

As well as being a vital community space for local people to enjoy their sport, the site has been a real platform for women’s and girls’ football development. After local girls Merley and Farley expressed an interest, the Islington Football Development Partnership (IFDP) – a partnership between Arsenal in the Community and Islington Council – started running girls’ football sessions. This facility has had an extraordinary impact on Merley and Farley’s lives, and on growing women’s and girls’ football in Islington.

 Watch footage of Whittington Park below.