Page 19 - ONSIDE Issue 30

Basic HTML Version

BALBY CarrACADEMY OF SPORT’S
NEW
ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH,
CHANGING ROOMSAND
ENHANCED GRASS PITCHES
What are the benefits to participants and the wider community?
The new pitches and changing rooms have helped to drive up spor ts par ticipation
at the site by 8.2%.They have also been an invaluable resource for a wide range of
spor ts group and statutory agencies, with football training and match-play complemented
by the school’s hosting of FA Coach Education programmes.The delivery of Spor ts
Leader courses, providing young people with qualifications and transferable skills has
also been possible.
What are the benefits to participants and the
wider community?
Sports activity at the site has seen a significant increase since the
pitch was installed at St Bede’s. It has also meant that the wide
number of users never have to cancel games or training, and can
enjoy their sport all year round.
Community engagement is high on the agenda with free Friday
night ‘Twilight Football’ sessions taking place that attract a high
number of local youngsters aged between 14 and 21. Community
tournaments and festivals take place during the summer months,
working alongside the local police andYouth Service.
The area around St Bede’s has experienced anti-social behaviour
issues in the past.The free community sessions that take place
during the course of the week allow local youngsters to play on
the pitch. One of the sessions takes place on a Friday evening,
previously a notorious time for anti-social activity to occur within
the community.The activity the pitch offers has significantly helped
to alleviate that problem.
Male
Female
Veterans (over 35s)
50
0
Adults (over 18s)
318
43
Juniors (11–15 year
olds)
43
0
6–10 year olds
8
8
Multiple age groups
450
105
Total
869
156
Male
Female
Full size ar tificial
grass pitch
546
120
Other
34
8
Indoor facility –
spor ts hall
40
20
7-a-side ar tificial
grass pitch
205
8
Full size grass pitch
44
0
Total
869
156
Community usage broken down by age and facility
Foundation grant:
£600,000
Project description:
In November 2007, former England goalkeeper, Ray
Clemence MBE, unveiled a new pavilion and third generation floodlit ar tificial grass
pitch at Balby Carr Academy of Spor t after the College secured a Foundation grant.
County FA:
Sheffield and Hallamshire
Who has the project engaged?
Aside from the school-based football development and Doncaster Junior League activity,
the site is in great demand for training by several grassroots football clubs, including:
Sprotbrough Crusaders JFC; Doncaster Belles JFC; Bentley Pumas FC; and Conyers JFC.
The site is already close to reaching capacity with the amount of football being hosted and
also other types of usage, which include:
• The local Safer Neighbourhoods Team’s youth engagement work.
• Nexus Centre spor ts sessions.The Centre is a specialist unit for children at risk of
expulsion from mainstream schooling.
• NHS Doncaster’s Change for Life fitness taster sessions.
Community usage
Number of male users
704
Number of female users
319
Extra curricular school usage
Number of male users
257
Number of female users
162
Total usage
Number of male users
961
Number of female users
481
Total users
1,442
All school and community usage
Coaching qualifications taken on-site last season
Coaching course Total number of
courses held
Total male
attendees
Total female
attendees
1st for Spor t Level
1 Cer tificate in
coaching football
5
90
1
FA Coaching Level 2
1
12
0
Safeguarding
ChildrenWorkshop
100
4
FA Emergency Aid
Level 1
100
3
19
ONSIDE
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 30