Date published: 23/07/2013
Grassroots sport in Chester received a significant boost when a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP), funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sporting charity, was opened.
The new pitch will allow Christleton High School to provide an unrivalled sporting facility in the area which will help to develop sport at the school and in the community. The facility will enable competitive school sport to be played all year round, increasing the skill levels of students by allowing regular all-weather training to take place.
The school worked in partnership with the Cheshire FA to secure a grant of £407,000 from the Football Foundation, who provided generous support and guidance alongside local community clubs and leisure provider, BRIO.
Funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation was launched in 2000, and has awarded 9,000 grants totalling more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Tony Lamberton, Head teacher of Christleton High School, said: “The pitch is an amazing development for the school, which will enable us to take our considerable sporting achievements to the next level, both in terms of participation and excellence in competitive sport.
“The pitch is fully booked in the evenings with our local partner clubs, Chester Nomads FC, AFC Waverton FC and Vicars Cross Dynamos FC, which will enable high quality, safe youth sport to continue developing.
“Our thanks go to the Cheshire FA and the Football Foundation. Personal thanks go to Lee Davies, Magnus Alford and John Glover who have managed this particular project, working with our architect Mark Powell, and supported by all our partners.”
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 Cheshire FA, Christleton High School has worked extremely hard to ensure this project has come to fruition and deserves great credit for its endeavours.
“This project in Chester 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 which support 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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