Date published: 15/03/2013
Birmingham City Ladies FC defender, Chelsea Weston, has officially opened a refurbished third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch in Kidderminster, funded by the Football Foundation.
King Charles I Secondary School worked in partnership with the Worcestershire FA to secure a £205,000 grant from the Foundation which enabled them to replace their 25 year-old, sand based pitch with a state-of-the-art 3G artificial grass pitch.
Chelsea, Birmingham City Ladies FC Young Player of the Season 2012, cut the ribbon to the top quality playing surface, which will be available for students, local football clubs and the community to train and play on.
Across Worcestershire, the Foundation has awarded 47 grants worth £6.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth a total of nearly £14m with money provided by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England).
Tim Gulliver, Head teacher at King Charles I Secondary School, said: “We are very grateful for the funding, support and guidance we have received from the Football Foundation. The grant has enabled us to replace the 25 year-old sand based pitch that is no longer fit for purpose with this stunning new state-of-the-art pitch that will benefit not only the students at King Charles I Secondary School, but the Kidderminster community as a whole.
“Without the input from the Football Foundations we could not have realised this fantastic opportunity.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is so rewarding to see this new facility completed and ready for use by the local community. Alongside the Worcestershire FA, King Charles I Secondary School has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserve great credit for its endeavours.
“This project in Kidderminster is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country. Foundation investment is helping to transform the national inventory of facilities that supports the grassroots game in this country, and thanks must go to our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) for their crucial and generous financial support, without which none of this would be possible.”
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