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Foundation grant:
£114,359
Project description:
In September 2009, the finishing touches
were put on a new artificial grass pitch in
Bedfordshire to be used by the Bedfordshire
County FA as well as the local community.
County FA:
Bedfordshire
Who has the project engaged?
The facility has engaged participants from every
corner of society and is regularly used by schools,
colleges, universities and dedicated educational
units throughout the year.
Many community projects are hosted at the site,
including social inclusion for teenagers, to ‘FA
Mars Just Play’ for men, women and people with
disabilities. It is also the home of the Bedfordshire
Tesco Skills programme, ‘Mini Movers’ for toddlers
and the County disability league for schools
and adults.
A host of Charter Standard clubs utilise the space
for winter training and affordable school holiday
coaching for children is also provided.
A wide variety of social groups make use of
the facility at weekends and during the summer,
ranging from groups of work colleagues, small-
sided teams and members of the local Mosque
and Gurdwara.
Community usage
Male Female
Adults (over
18s)
120
4
Multiple age
groups
960
180
Total
1,080
184
Weekly disabled
male users
Weekly disabled
female users
480
60
Qualifications delivered on-site
last season
Course name
Male Female
Age
Appropriate
Course -
Introduction
84
12
FA Coaching
Level 1 Award
320
64
FA Coaching
Level 2 Award
64
8
Goalkeeping
Level 1
44
4
Junior Football
Organiser
36
12
Refereeing
120
24
Youth Award
Module 1
80
16
Youth Award
Module 3
40
8
Grand total
788
148
What are the benefits to participants
and the wider community?
The facility is located between the borders
of Luton and Dunstable in an area which was
previously prone to anti-social behaviour and
vandalism.The Friday Night Project that is run
from the site in conjunction with the police has
been a huge success and seen a 40% reduction
in anti-social activity.
The ‘open access’ attitude adopted has resulted in
the community taking great pride in the site and
they continue to get involved in the activities that
run there.
A large number of people have been able to
par ticipate in the game who otherwise would
not have been involved. Over 1,200 people of all
ages, backgrounds and abilities use the facility each
week.The diversity of usage ranges from Under-5
‘Mini-Movers’ to the oldest user who is 74 and
plays in ‘Walking Football’ sessions.
BEDFORDSHIRE FA’S
NEWTHIRD GENERATION ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH
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