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Former Arsenal and England star Mar tin Keown
unveiled Oxford City FC’s new £2.1m community
spor ts facility.The Community Arena features a full-size
floodlit third generation ar tificial grass pitch, six floodlit
netball cour ts and a new changing pavilion.
The Arena received a £732,000 grant from the
Foundation and £83,000 from the FSIF.The club
worked with the Oxfordshire County FA on the
funding bid.
Mar tin Keown said:
“I’d like to thank the Foundation,
Sport England and England Netball, as without their
help none of this would be possible.This is a real
breakthrough to see such quality sports facilities in
the area.”
Foundation Chairman, Gary Hoffman, said:
“The new facilities will provide a much needed
sports hub for the local community. Having facilities
like this available on people’s doorstep will help
inspire the country to become more active and
reap the rewards that playing sport has to offer.”
The installation of the ar tificial pitch is the first of
its kind to open in the local area and is expected to
attract almost 3,000 users each week from local clubs,
schools and the wider community.
Oxford City Chairman, Brian Cox, said:
“Quite frankly,
this is now the finest facility in Oxford of its type.
There’s nothing like it. It’s entirely there for the
community so anyone who wants to do any sport
can come along and it’s there for them.”
Premier League and FIFAWorld Cup Referee Howard
Webb MBE, has officially opened a new ar tificial grass
pitch at Buxton Community School in Derbyshire.
The new facility developments at the school will also
include some pitch improvement works to the school’s
natural grass pitches over the coming months.The
project was made possible through some fantastic
par tnership working, between the school and local FA
Char ter Standard Community Club Buxton Juniors FC.
The developments were also suppor ted by Derbyshire
County FA, the High Peak Schools Spor ts Par tnership,
and the local community.
The total project costs were £299,970 for both the
ar tificial grass pitch and pitch works and the school
worked hard to secure match-funding, which also
included a contribution from Buxton Juniors FC.This
enabled a successful application to the Foundation
which resulted in the awarding of a grant of £139,970.
The new facility will enable Buxton Community
School to work in close par tnership with Buxton
Junior Football Club to continue to enhance the range
and quality of oppor tunities to par ticipate in football
in Buxton. It will provide a high quality facility for
all par ticipants.
Headteacher Deb Hill said:
“Our students have
already told us they love playing football on the new
surface.We are very pleased to be able to share such
a great resource with the local community.”
Former Ipswich Town FC Chairman,
David Sheepshanks, helpedWalsham
LeWillows Spor ts Club celebrate the
opening of their new playing field and
third generation pitch.
The man responsible for The FA’s
National Football Centre in Bur ton
“Sport has the ability to bring
communities together, and the
completion of these tremendous new
facilities will provide a lasting legacy to
the local area. Grassroots football is
the lifeblood of football is this country,
and the more we continue to invest
in projects likeWalsham LeWillows
Sports Club, the more people will gain
the opportunity to reap the rewards
that playing sport has to offer.
“The Foundation has made a
significant difference to the grassroots
landscape in this country since it was
established in 2000, and I hope this
continues long into the future.”
Forecasts suggest that an additional 365
people will gain access to the pitches
on a weekly basis, and an additional
nine teams will be created as par t of a
five-year Football Development Plan.
The spor ts club worked with the
Suffolk County FA to secure a
£185,961 Foundation grant. An
additional £50,000 came fromThe FA,
as par t of their capital allocation within
theWhole Spor t Plan agreed with
Spor t England.
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