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3G AGP opens to the community in Uckfield

3G AGP opens to the community in Uckfield

Date published: 19/11/2013
3G AGP opens to the community in Uckfield

A state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) has opened in Uckfield Community Technology College thanks to funding from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The new pitch will be available for use by the college’s 1,748 pupils, alongside local teams such as Uckfield Grasshoppers ’81 Junior Football Club and Uckfield Town FC, and is set to be a massive asset for grassroots sport in the area.

In order to fund the projects, Uckfield Community Technology College worked alongside All Weather Pitch for Uckfield working group (AWP4U) and in partnership with the Sussex County FA to secure a £203,646 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 9,600 grants worth more than £412m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £565m.

Across the whole of Sussex, the Foundation has awarded 96 grants worth almost £4m towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £8m.

Additionally, the new facility will be completed with brand new goalposts funded with £500 from the Football Foundation through the Youth Goalposts scheme.

The Football Foundation works with The FA to provide funding towards the installation of goalposts that supports the implementation of The FA’s Youth Development Review. The new 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 formats – played on smaller pitches with smaller goals – aim to develop more technically-gifted English players. These formats will be mandatory from next season. Extensive research has shown that the game is more enjoyable for youngsters as they receive more touches of the ball and the game is less likely to be dominated by larger, more physical players. The grant will mean that the children using the Uckfield Community Technology College will also now be able to play matches with goalposts that are relative to their age and size.

Hugh Hennebry, Principal of Uckfield Community Technology College, said: “Without the valuable financial and technical support of the Football Foundation, this world class facility for the local community would not have been achieved.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “This is an outstanding new 3G AGP, which will benefit football and other sports in and around Uckfield. Developing new grassroots facilities, such as this, is essential to increasing the number of people who have a chance to stay fit and healthy through participating in sport.

“The Football Foundation is dedicated to improving sports sites across the country with investment from our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. I congratulate Uckfield Community Technology College and the AWP4U working group and the Sussex County FA for their hard work on this project.”

For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.

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“Without the valuable financial and technical support of the Football Foundation, this world class facility for the local community would not have been achieved.”

Hugh Hennebry, Principal of Uckfield Community Technology College

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