Date published: 05/11/2013
Rainhill High School has officially opened a new third generation (3G) pitch on school premises, benefitting the local community as well as the students. To support the opening Liverpool Football Club manager, Brendan Rodgers, along with past and present students, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe and Lloyd Jones, tested out the new pitch.
Liverpool FC and Rainhill High School have worked in partnership since 2009. The school provides GCSE education to the Club’s U12s to U16s, BTEC qualifications to the U18s and life-skills education to the U21s.
“We’ve built a really strong relationship with Rainhill over the last few years. They play a crucial role in helping to educate our young players off the pitch. They will now play another crucial role within the local community,” commented Liverpool FC Academy director, Frank McParland.
Former student and Liverpool FC player, Raheem Sterling, said: “I enjoyed my time here at Rainhill and it’s great to come back and see all the teaching staff. The school is brilliant with all the Academy players so it is nice to see the relationship with the Club develop.”
The pitch will enhance the existing partnership between the Club and school and give the local community access to state of the art football facilities. It will also enable the Liverpool FC Foundation to run numerous programmes from the site, benefiting hundreds of youngsters.
“It’s great to see first-hand the difference that this Premier League-funded pitch will make to the students here and the community,” commented Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers.
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “The Premier League Community Facility Fund is all about providing sports facilities that reinvigorate local communities, and we are extremely pleased that Rainhill School and the surrounding area will benefit from a new 3G pitch.
“Liverpool has never had far to look for inspiration with local talent like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. As Premier League clubs continue to play an active role as hubs of their communities, this pitch will provide more people with an opportunity to enjoy the game and emulate their heroes.”
Rainhill High School Head Teacher, John Pout said: “We are delighted to have Brendan and the players here today. We’ve developed a really strong partnership with the Club, providing education to young players. I’m thrilled that we can now say we will also be helping the Club carry out vital community work.”
“The pitch at Rainhill will allow us to provide our community programmes in St Helens and we hope to develop to develop this venue into one of our community hubs, providing programmes for children aged four years old right the way through to 18 years old” commented Liverpool FC Foundation head of operations, Mark Haig.
The new pitch has been funded with a grant of £300,000 from the Premier League Community Facilities Fund (PLCFF). The PLCFF, funded by the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation, is investing £18m over three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country.
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