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City Legend Walsh unveils NW Leicestershire's first ever 3G pitch

City Legend Walsh unveils NW Leicestershire's first ever 3G pitch

Date published: 19/09/2013
Newbridge

The landmark opening of Newbridge High School Academy’s third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) by former Leicester City FC captain, Steve Walsh, was celebrated on Monday with an official ceremony and football tournament.

The Football Foundation-funded 3G AGP, complete with floodlights, is the first of its kind in North West Leicestershire and represents an incredible boost for grassroots sport in the area.

The community sports facility will not only allow the Academy to enhance its extensive sports provision to its pupils, but increase sporting opportunities to the wider community through their partner clubs who operate over forty teams between them – a figure that is projected to rise to about eighty teams within five years!

The Academy worked in partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland FA to secure a £409,265 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 9,500 grants worth more than £410m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £560m. Across Leicestershire, the Football Foundation has awarded 132 grants worth £13m towards grassroots sports projects worth £24m.

Maxine Adams, Business Manager at Newbridge High School Academy, said: “We are delighted that a 3G AGP has successfully come to North West Leicestershire and are extremely grateful to all who have worked incredibly hard to make this all possible, especially the excellent support from the Football Foundation from the very start to now: the grand opening.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This was truly a landmark day for the Newbridge High School Academy Trust and for this part of Leicestershire, which now boasts its first ever 3G playing surface.

“This project in Coalville, Leicestershire, is a wonderful example of what the Football Foundation is doing right across the country with the investment provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England).”

Former Captain of Leicester City FC, Steve Walsh made over 400 appearances for the club. During this time he was awarded the Player of the Year and scored in total 62 goals – including an infamous 84th minute deciding goal in Football League Division One play off final at Wembley in 1994, when Leicester City beat Derby County 2-1.

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.

Alternatively, contact:
• Julie Murray on 01530 831561 or jmurray@newbridgehs.leics.sch.uk
• Abigail Jones on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or abigail.jones@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“We are delighted that a 3G AGP has successfully come to North West Leicestershire and are extremely grateful to all who have worked incredibly hard to make this all possible, especially the excellent support from the Football Foundation from the very start to now: the grand opening.”

Maxine Adams, Business Manager at Newbridge High School Academy

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