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Facility FOCUS
FACILITY FOCUS is a regular feature that
revisits some Foundation-funded sports
facilities that were unveiled a few years ago and
shows you the real impact that they are making
on their local communities.
ST BEDE’S CATHOLIC
COLLEGE’S
NEWTHIRD
GENERATION
ARTIFICIAL
GRASS PITCH
AND CHANGING
ROOMS
Who has the project engaged?
The new pitch has made a huge difference to
improving and increasing spor t in the area, not just
for the school itself, but also local par tner club –
Berkhamsted Raiders Community Football Club.There
have been 16 additional local football teams created
thanks to the facility, and now 53 teams use the site on
a regular basis.
The third generation pitch also hosts theWatford FC
Spor ts and Community Trust and FA Disability Player
Development Centre. Last season there was just
one free slot at the pitch, which was on a Saturday
afternoon.This slot will now accommodate 9v9 youth
football matches, meaning the pitch will be at capacity,
with a large waiting list for slots.
The tables show the artificial grass pitch’s weekly usage.
All school and community usage
Foundation grant:
£200,000
Project description:
The Foundation grant
enabled the school to build a stunning new floodlit
full-size third generation ar tificial grass pitch for its
pupils and the wider Berkhamsted community.
County FA:
Her tfordshire
Community usage broken down by age
What are the benefits to participants and
the wider community?
The school has seen a significant increase in the skill
levels of their less able students, to the point that they
are now running three teams in each age group for
boys.The attainment levels at GCSE and A-Level have
also increased significantly since the ar tificial grass pitch
was installed.
Berkhamsted Raiders Community FC now has 53
teams, which exceeds their 2015 target.The club and
the school review their Football Development Plan
(which they designed as par t of their application to the
Foundation) on a monthly basis and ensure that they
dovetail with each other.
The project has seen a rejuvenation of veterans’
football at the par tner club, in conjunction with a
small-sided provider, who runs leagues on Monday
nights, Sunday afternoons and evenings.
Male
Female
Veterans (over
35s)
20
20
Adults (over
18s)
58
0
Juniors (11–15
year olds)
135
45
6–10 year olds
35
0
Youths (16–17
year olds)
15
0
Multiple age
groups
80
0
Total
343
65
Community
usage
Number of
male users
343
Number of
female users
65
Extra curricular
school usage
Number of
male users
93
Number of
female users
19
Total usage
Number of
male users
436
Number of
female users
84
Total users
520
Community
usage
Number of
male users
869
Number
of female
users
156
Extra
curricular
school
usage
Number of
male users
92
Number
of female
users
35
Total usage Number of
male users
961
Number
of female
users
191
Total users
1,152
Foundation grant:
£758,229
Project description:
In late 2009,
the building work was completed
on a new ar tificial grass pitch and
changing rooms at St Bede’s Catholic
College in Bristol.
County FA:
Gloucestershire
Who has the project engaged?
The new sports facility has engaged a
wide range of users from surrounding
communities. 38 different teams from
16 different local sports clubs use it as
a venue for either training or matches.
This ranges from a Saturday morning
‘Soccer Tots’ session for toddlers, to a
Gloucestershire County FAVeterans
League on a Sunday morning.
In between, there are all ages of both
women’s and men’s teams training on
evenings during the week.The site is also
host to SouthWest Ability Counts League
and Gloucestershire County FA Disability
Centre of Excellence.
Every day the facilities are used during
school PE lessons, which gives all the
school’s students the chance to use the
third generation artificial grass pitch.
A lunchtime six-a-side league has also
proved very popular at engaging the
children, with restrictions on the number
of school team players meaning more
children get the opportunity to play. It
is also regularly used for fixtures against
other schools.
Local primary schools also regularly get
the chance to play on the pitch with
tournaments for boys and girls taking
place each term.
All school and community usage
ASHLYNS SCHOOL’S
THIRD GENERATION
ARTIFICIAL GRASS
PITCH
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