In 2008, Sir Alex Ferguson officially unveiled the stunning new facilities at Partington Sports Village, based at Broadoak School in the Trafford area of Manchester. Sports provision at the school had been severely limited due to the lack of facilities and safety concerns.
Following a £1m grant from the Football Foundation, pupils and the wider community now benefit from a brand new full-size 3G artificial grass playing surface, with floodlights and fencing; a redeveloped 70m x 30m Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA); drainage and upgraded grass pitches; and a new changing pavilion with a coach education/meeting room and ICT sports suite. As well as massively boosting the area’s sports provision, the development has been a key factor in regenerating this deprived part of Trafford.
15 different user groups use the site every day of the week and school fixtures take place on the 3G artificial grass playing surface on three afternoons each week, including English Schools fixtures. Broadoak School uses the site as a base for its programme to develop ‘gifted and talented’ youngsters from local primary schools and from Broadoak itself.
Broadoak School along with the hub Football Development Officer (FDO), whose position was part-funded with revenue funding provided by the Foundation, has been instrumental in the creation of a Partington football club. AFC Partington now has more than 80 children regularly playing competitive football in local Trafford leagues. The FDO has also helped to source coaching development courses and presently six adults have attained qualifications through the partnership.