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 –
and th
via Sport
England).These case studies show you the real impact that the sites are having
in their local communities.
Foundation grant:
£311,993
Project description:
The Foundation grant
was awarded in 2010 and helped fund the
£750,000 project to build a stunning new
floodlit full-size artificial grass pitch at
St Mary’s School inWest Yorkshire.
County FA:
West Riding
Who has the project engaged?
The new facilities are used by the students at
St Mary’s school, players at local clubs Guiseley
Juniors FC, Menston Juniors FC, and BurleyTrojans
FC, as well as the local community.
The project has successfully engaged more
females, following the introduction of girls’ football
into the school curriculum.The aim of developing
30 new local teams over five years is on target, with
an impressive 13 new teams across the age groups
already established since the completion
of the project.
The top table shows the artificial grass pitch’s
weekly usage.
Community usage broken down by age
Male Female
Adult (18+)
250
0
Junior (11–15)
102
16
Mini-Soccoer
(6–10)
32
0
Multiple age group
858
141
Veyeran (over 35)
28
0
Youth (16–17)
30
0
Total
1,300
157
Qualifications delivered on-site
last season
Course name
Male Female
Age Appropriate
Course –
Introduction
23
1
Coaching Level 2
Award
24
0
Coaching Level 1
Award
24
1
Total
71
2
Whatarethebenefitstoparticipantsand
the wider community?
The new artificial grass pitch brings the school’s
football facilities up to the standard of its rugby
and cricket provision. It has helped to enhance the
special sports college’s reputation as a first-class
multi-sport site for not only students, but the
wider community as a whole.
The facility has also had a significant impact on
sports participation in the local area and is now
seen as the main sports hub in the locality. It will
also become a host for West Riding FA’s Tesco
Skills Coaches programme.
ST MARY’S SCHOOL’S
NEWARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH
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