Former Wolves goalkeeper and current Sky Sports presenter Matt Murray was on hand to open a new state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch at Telford College, funded by the Football Foundation.
The new pitch provides an extension to the successful Sports Academy launched in 2003 and will complement the indoor Super Dome with a facility to allow all year round outdoor activity.
The facility will cater for both football and rugby and will be available for community usage in the evenings. Blue Square Bet Premier side AFC Telford will also train on the surface.
After cutting the ribbon Matt Murray lead a goalkeeping clinic with some of the Telford College students. Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards was in attendance to make presentations to players participating in a five-a-side tournament.
The club worked in partnership with the Shropshire FA to secure a £200,000 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Colin Walker, Assistant Principal at Telford College of Arts and Technology, said: “The new facility is a fantastic boost to the college and local community. I’d like to thank the Football Foundation for their support and funding of the project. It is already attracting national attention with a number of governing bodies booked in to stage high profile events. This together with confirmation that AFC Telford United have secured their conference status for next season augers well for the future of football in and around Telford”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community. The dedication and hard work of Telford College and Shropshire FA over a number of years has resulted inthe successful completion of this project.
“Now the important work begins to ensure the facility remains sustainable and benefits as many people as possible. None of this would be possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government."
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