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West Ham United midfielder, Jack Collison,
returned to his childhood club to kick-off
the star t of work on their new ground.
The youngWelsh international, who began
his footballing career for Shefford Saints
Football Club, was the first person to use
the digger on the £1.3m development,
which secured funding from the
Foundation and the FSIF.
The Bedfordshire County FA worked
closely with the Saints to ensure a
successful bid for the £165,146 grant.
The club secured an additional £50,000
from the FSIF, which is funded by the
Premier League.
The new ground will include: a full-size
pitch, four Mini-Soccer pitches; a training
area; four dual-gender changing rooms;
two officials’ changing rooms; and a
clubhouse bar.
Shefford football teams have been
without their own pitches since Shefford
Town FC folded in 1994. Since then, the
town’s junior football club, Shefford Saints,
has grown to become one of the most
respected junior clubs in the county, with
in excess of 325 playing members from
Shefford and the surrounding villages.
Graham Earl, Shefford Saints FC Chairman,
said:
“This is an incredibly exciting new
phase in the club’s evolution.We are
delighted the ground works are now
starting and that the process of creating a
major new outstanding home ground and
training facility should be complete by the
start of next year.
“Pitch levelling, drainage and seeding
works will follow the current site
entrance works, as will the new
clubhouse, which includes a function
room and four changing rooms.The
pitches will take time to fully establish but
will be available for some junior matches
at the end of next season.”
Former Wolves
keeper opens new
Telford facility
Former Wolves goalkeeper and current Sky Spor ts presenter,
Matt Murray, made a trip toTelford College to open their new
third generation ar tificial grass pitch.
The College worked in par tnership with the Shropshire
County FA to secure a £200,000 grant from the Foundation.
The new pitch provides an extension to the successful
Spor ts Academy launched in 2003 and will complement the
indoor Super Dome and provide year-round outdoor activity,
whatever the weather.
ColinWalker, Assistant Principal at Telford College of Ar ts and
Technology, said:
“The new facility is a fantastic boost to the
College and local community.”
The facility will cater for both football and rugby and will be
available for wider community usage in the evenings. Blue
Square Bet Premier side, AFCTelford will also train on the
surface. After cutting the ribbon, Matt Murray led a goalkeeping
clinic with some of the Telford College students.Wolves
midfielder, Dave Edwards, also attended, presenting trophies
to players in the five-a-side tournament.
Mr Walker added:
“I’d like to thank the Foundation for their
support and funding of the project. It is already attracting
national attention with a number of governing bodies booked
in to stage high profile events.”
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