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Peterborough
pitch opened
by England
U21 boss
England Under-21 manager, Stuar t Pearce MBE,
officially opened a new third generation pitch
in Peterborough funded by the Foundation and
Peterborough City Council.
Nether ton United Football Club and Peterborough
City Council worked in partnership with the
Huntingdonshire FA to secure a £217,785
Foundation grant towards the cost of the
£557,000 project.
Stuar t Pearce said:
“New third generation all-
weather pitches, like this one in Peterborough,
are crucial to the development of young aspiring
footballers, who need quality facilities to train and
play on.
“It is fantastic to see Foundation funding making
such a difference to clubs and communities
across the country.”
48 teams are already established in the area.The
new facility will see this figure rise to 71 according
to the project’s Football Development Plan.
Nether ton United Football Club will now also be
able to fulfil their ambition of facilitating football
for all throughout the local area.The venue will
also play host toThe FA’s Football Mash Up
programme, which in par tnership with England
team sponsor Vauxhall, is aimed at reducing the
dropout rate of 14-17 year olds in football.
Ron Seddon, Chairman of Nether ton United
Football Club, said:
“The project has already
done more to integrate and encourage young
footballers from different living areas and
communities in Peterborough than anything
else we have achieved in our 21 years of
providing football.
“We are grateful to the Foundation and
Peterborough City Council for making
this happen.”
Double Olympic medallist and Strictly
Come Dancing star, Louis Smith, and
Peterborough United’s Barry Fry officially
opened a new leisure centre and artificial
grass pitch (AGP) to give grassroots sport
in Cambridgeshire a significant boost.
Fenland District Council worked in
par tnership with Cambridgeshire County
Council, Cambridgeshire FA, Chatteris
Town Council, Cromwell Community
College and the Football Foundation to
bring the project to fruition.
The leisure centre, which cost £1.25m to
build, comprises a 50-station, state-of-the-
art gym and dance studio for fitness classes.
The AGP was made possible thanks, in part,
to the Foundation contributing £370,000.
The new pitch in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire,
will benefit the four local clubs: Chatteris
Town; Chatteris Town Ladies; Chatteris Fen
Tigers; and Chatteris TownYouth, as well
as the local community, by providing them
with a quality surface on which they will be
able to train, play and develop.
Coaches from Peterborough United ran
football sessions throughout the day of the
opening on the new AGP, which according
to Fry is
“exactly the sort of facility we
need for the development of football in
this country.”
Peterborough United’s Director of Football,
Fry, highlighted the importance of quality
football facilities like the one in Chatteris:
“The more pitches like this, which
encourage our young players to develop
at an early age, the better standard of
player we will create.”
Louis Smith, double Olympic medallist,
added:
“The facilities and equipment
in the centre are brilliant and much
more advanced than I was used to
when I was younger.”
Fenland Council leader Alan Melton stated
that the new facilities were deserved, long
over due and would be welcomed by all.
“This is a dream come true for very many
of us,” he said as he tried to make himself
heard above the ecstatic crowd waiting
for Louis to perform the official opening
of the leisure centre.”
Olympic medallist and
Posh Director charm
Chatteris crowd
at opening
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