Students at Kenilworth School in Warwickshire are celebrating after securing a £150,000 grant from the Football Foundation towards the development of a brand new football facility.
The award will allow the school to replace their current sand-based surface with an extended state-of-the-art floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch.
The new facility will be used by pupils for football and hockey during the day and the floodlights switched on in the evening as the pitch is opened up for community use.
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.
Ian Lockren, Assistant Headteacher at Kenilworth School, said: “We are really grateful to the Football Foundation for providing this capital grant which represents 50% of the total cost of the project to update and refurbish our artificial grass pitch. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the school and Warwick District Council.
“The new surface will greatly enhance the playing experience for the students at school and also the wider community, through Meadow Sports Centre. The strength of our partnership with Warwick District Council, which manages the facility on our behalf during the evenings, weekends and school holidays, has contributed to the success of this bid and will allow us to further develop football opportunities for many years to come.
“Birmingham County FA also played a crucial supporting role during the bidding process and we look forward to expanding playing opportunities for local clubs as part of our football development plan. The refurbishment will begin in July and we are planning an official opening celebration in September.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Kenilworth School and the Birmingham County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer. The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
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