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Britain's hurdling hero Colin Jackson unveils new all-weather pitch at Scarborough Sports Village

Britain's hurdling hero Colin Jackson unveils new all-weather pitch at Scarborough Sports Village

Date published: 19/06/2017
Britain’s hurdling hero Colin Jackson unveils new Scarborough Sports Village
Colin Jackson unveiling the new pitch alongside some of the youngsters who will reap its benefits. Also present: Matt Hewison, Sports Development Officer, Scarborough Borough Council; Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader, Scarborough Borough Council and Cllr Martin Smith, Mayor of Scarborough.

Colin Jackson, Great Britain’s two-time world champion hurdler, officially unveiled Scarborough Sports Village, which includes a floodlit stadia all-weather pitch. MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Cllr Derek Bastiman, and Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Martin Smith, also joined proceedings.

Projected to create 28 new teams, the all-weather pitch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

Replacing a previously under-used parking facility, the third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) will be enjoyed throughout Scarborough’s community, including local grassroots sides Scarborough Ladies FC and Scarborough Athletic FC. 

To ensure the facility continues to increase sports participation in the long term, Scarborough Borough Council worked alongside the Football Foundation and North Riding FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) – a delivery strategy of how sport will be played on site.

Women’s football will be boosted through the plan, with Scarborough Ladies FC’s weekly involvement allowing the club to deliver all its football from one hub site, ensuring more players can be recruited locally and further raising participation levels in the area.

The club worked in partnership with the North Riding FA to secure the £160,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 247 grants worth £9.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth £19m across the whole of the North Riding.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Colin Jackson, Olympic Silver medalist and now a lead pundit of the BBC’s athletics coverage, said: “I am thrilled to open this new sports village in Scarborough – the facilities are incredible and will play a huge part in bringing the local community together, inspiring both youngsters and adults to be more active.”

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, said: “These facilities stand out as first-class, and I’m delighted the local community now have an all-encompassing sports hub where they can undertake such a wide range of physical activities. 

“By helping raise football participation and providing an education venue for aspiring coaches, the all-weather pitch will act as a focal point within the sports village, and I’d like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for helping put this facility here today.”

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “It really is a privilege to play a part in the opening of Scarborough Sports Village. The new 3G football pitch and stadium is a stunning facility within the site, made possible by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which gives us the ability to support grassroots sports as well as provide a fantastic new home for Scarborough Athletic FC and Scarborough Ladies FC.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Scarborough Borough Council to build this fantastic all-weather pitch. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and a special thanks must go to Colin Jackson and Robert Goodwill MP for opening the new facility.

“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports. 

“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Scarborough is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

- Gabrielle Jandzio, Scarborough Borough Council, on: 01723 232 306 or gabrielle.jandzio@scarborough.gov.uk
- Michael Boniface at michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk or on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292


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“I am thrilled to open this new sports village in Scarborough – the facilities are incredible and will play a huge part in bringing the local community together, inspiring both youngsters and adults to be more active.”

Colin Jackson, two-time world champions hurdler

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