Date published: 17/10/2016
Matthew Evans, School Games Organiser, Carre's Grammar School, celebrates the opening of the new 3G pitch alongside the primary school's football teams.
Carre’s Grammar School officially unveiled their upgraded third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) recently (Friday 14 October 2016), thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The project will boost local grassroots sport through the introduction of a specialised girls’ football programme that is expected to enrol over 50 youngsters this year, with total female participation projected to rise over 40% as a result. Disability participation will be further targeted, with The FA hosting their inaugural pan-disability league – which consists of competitive 7v7 fixtures – at the school’s new 3G pitch.
These outcomes are projected as part of the Football Development Plan (FDP) – a long-term vision for how sport will be played at the new facility – developed by the school alongside the Football Foundation and Lincolnshire FA. The 3G pitch will be used extensively throughout the local community, with Boston United FC‘s first-team and Centre of Excellence delivering sessions all-year-round.
The project was made possible thanks to a £53,568 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities. It is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, and delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth nearly £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of just under £800m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 225 grants worth over £12m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £40m across the whole of Lincolnshire.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Matthew Evans, PE and Sport Advisor, Carre’s Grammar School, said: “On behalf of our school and all of the community users we have, I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for supporting this refurbishment. This investment has guaranteed that local people can continue to play football in a safe, purpose built environment.
“We had over 1000 different users last year and look forward to seeing that number increase. We have a range of programmes and encourage everyone to come along and get involved!”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Carre’s Grammar School to upgrade their 3G pitch. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Sleaford is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.”
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