Date published: 24/09/2014
A new changing pavilion and refurbished third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) were officially opened at RSA Academy, Tipton recently thanks to a £495,392 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The school’s new facilities include a full-size 3G AGP as well as a new changing pavilion that compromises: two changing rooms, an officials’ changing room, a fully-equipped kitchen and a spectator area.
RSA Academy can now provide first class football facilities to its students and also to local community clubs such as Tipton Youth FC who will see their club grow from 14 to 33 teams over the next five years. Additionally, the West Bromwich Albion Foundation has started to deliver weekly coaching sessions to pupils at the site.
RSA Academy are also looking to create ten new teams over the next five years, and build existing links with local teams to provide routes for pupils to join and get involved with grassroots clubs.
The school worked in partnership with the Birmingham FA to secure a £495,392 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Since 2000 the Football Foundation funding partners’ investment has provided 167 grants worth £15m towards grassroots sports projects worth £41.3m across the whole of Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £500m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £700m – over £1.2bn of investment into the grassroots game.
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.
Daulton Redmond, RSA Academy Principal, said: “I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their generous funding which has made this project possible. I am very pleased that the Academy was able to contribute £275,000 to the project in order for it to become a reality.
"Football is a huge sport within the Academy and within our community and now everyone will have access to the best facilities. We have already seen a significant increase in the number of clubs using the Academy for their regular team practices and matches. We are now able to host league games and our site is fully open all year-round, including weekends.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “The Football Foundation is responsible for managing and delivering the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. This pavilion and pitch is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.
“Aided by the Birmingham FA, the RSA Academy deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using funding provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active.”
For more information contact:
- Lesley James at the RSA Academy, 0121 506 7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or email@example.com