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England U18 star opens
‘fantastic’ new third
generation pitch
in Warwickshire
England Under-18 international and Coventry City
star, Conor Thomas, gave a school inWarwickshire
an early Christmas present in 2012 when he
opened a new floodlit third generation artificial
grass pitch.
Coventry City midfielder Conor, who has made 33
appearances for the club, said:
“Kenilworth School’s
new third generation pitch is fantastic! It’s a top
quality surface that looks great to play on.”
Coventry City’s Sky Blues in the Community have
used the site for a number of years to deliver
camps for 5-13 year olds during school holiday
periods and will be looking to continue delivering
their activities on the new, improved facility.
Conor added:
“Local sports facilities are so
important for sport at all levels. Facilities like this
give people a space to exercise, stay healthy and
enjoy the game.Well done to everyone involved
for their efforts in securing the Foundation grant,
which meant that this school site has been built
with the help of cash from the Premier League,
The FA, the Government and Sport England.”
The new third generation pitch at Kenilwor th
School replaces the previous, sand-based surface
and provides one full-size football pitch that can
also be adapted to provide for smaller-sided games.
The project has also seen the refurbishment and
replacement of fencing, floodlighting and goalposts.
Local grassroots football clubs Leamington
Hibernian FC, Kenilwor th Town FC, and
Kenilwor thWardens FC will also benefit from
the new pitch, which will provide a quality surface
for small-sided football leagues for males, females
and veterans.The FA Skills Centre for Kenilwor th
will be held at the site, which will also host annual
‘Respect’ and ‘Kick It Out’ tournaments.
Ian Lockren, Assistant Headteacher at Kenilworth
School, said:
“We are really grateful to the
Foundation for providing this grant which
represents 50% of the total cost of the project.
The new surface greatly enhances the playing
experience for the students at the school as
well as the wider community, through Meadow
Sports Centre.
“The strength of our partnership withWarwick
District Council, which manages the facility on
our behalf during the evenings, weekends and
school holidays, has contributed to the success
of this bid and will allow us to further develop
football opportunities for many years to come.
“The Birmingham County FA also played a crucial
supporting role during the bidding process
and we look forward to expanding playing
opportunities for local clubs as part of our
Football Development Plan.”
Facilities like this give people
a space to exercise, stay
healthy and enjoy the game.”
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 31