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Facility FOCUS
FACILITY FOCUS is a regular feature that revisits some Foundation-funded
sports facilities that have been built thanks to the generous investment from our
Funding Partners – the Premier League,The FA and the Government (via Sport
England).These case studies show you the real impact that the sites are having
in their local communities.
Foundation grant:
£534,637
Project description:
The Foundation
grant enabled Ashington Joint Welfare Group
to build a senior size football pitch, two junior
pitches, two Mini-Soccer pitches, a stunning
new floodlit full-size ar tificial grass pitch (AGP)
as well as four team changing rooms and two
changing rooms for match officials.
County FA:
Nor thumberland
Who has the project engaged?
The new facilities have resulted in more
oppor tunities for social inclusion, particularly
aimed at 11-19 year olds, whilst continuing to
provide opportunities for those as young as three.
The facility has meant that strong links with
12 local clubs have been established, which
has resulted in 19 teams using the AGP on a
regular basis.The AGP also hosts a seven-a-side
league every week which sees four teen teams
par ticipate, with an average of 95 players a
week getting involved.
The tables show the artificial grass pitch’s
weekly usage.
Community usage broken down by age
Male Female
Veterans (over
35s)
300
0
Adults (over
18s)
84
20
Juniors (11–15
year olds)
1,200
248
6–10 year olds
1,670
420
Youths (16–17
year olds)
100
0
Year 8
200
200
Total
3,554
888
Qualifications delivered on-site
last season
Course name
Male Female
FA Coaching
Level 1 Award
160
32
FA Coaching
Level 2 Award
40
0
Grand total
200
32
What are the benefits to participants
and the wider community?
The new facilities have had a positive impact on
the whole of South East Nor thumberland.The
people of Ashington as well as communities from
surrounding areas, Ellington, Morpeth, Blyth and
Bedlington have all benefited from the pitches and
new facilities.
In 2012, the AGP was used by over 4,400 people,
including close to 1,500 juniors and over 2,000
6-10 year olds.
The Newcastle United Foundation also run ‘Soccer
Weeks’ during the school holidays on the AGP
which gives over 100 youngsters the opportunity
to get involved with the community scheme.
ASHINGTON JOINTWELFARE GROUP’S
GRASS PITCHES, ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH
AND CHANGING FACILITIES
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