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Date
03/02/2012
Subject
Work begins on 3G pitch at school in Staffordshire
From top left to right: Ben McNulty, 16; Pop Popvic, Project Manager; Cllr Christine Mitchell; Chris Haywood, Head of PE; Bradley Round, 15; and Megan Shirley, 15.
From top left to right: Ben McNulty, 16; Pop Popvic, Project Manager; Cllr Christine Mitchell; Chris Haywood, Head of PE; Bradley Round, 15; and Megan Shirley, 15. From top left to right: Ben McNulty, 16; Pop Popvic, Project Manager; Cllr Christine Mitchell; Chris Haywood, Head of PE; Bradley Round, 15; and Megan Shirley, 15.
Press release

Construction Work has begun on a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School in Staffordshire.


Construction, on what will be the area’s first full size 3G pitch, will continue through the Spring with completion and opening of the new facility anticipated to be in May 2012.


Pupils at the school and from other schools will have the opportunity to use the facility during the day, and then in the evening and at weekends it will be used by the local community, including local football clubs.


Forecasts suggest that once opened the pitch will be used by over 1,500 people on a weekly basis.


The project was funded with the help of a £319,000 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 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.


Further funding for the £718,000 project came from Cannock Chase Council (£345,000) and Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School (£54,000).


Councillor Christine Mitchell, Cannock Chase Council Culture and Sport Leader, said: “This exciting project is now coming to fruition and will be the first full size 3G football pitch in the district. It will provide excellent facilities for pupils; young people and the sporting community and I hope the community of Cannock Chase will support the school in making it a success.”


Michael Burrowes, Headteacher at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School, said: “There has been a huge commitment by all partners, the school, the Diocese, Cannock Chase District, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire FA and the Football Foundation. It will truly be a community facility.


“It is not for the school but for the whole community of Cannock Chase and will be available to benefit everyone in the district. The school is excited about running this new facility and it will be available to hire by the community during evenings and weekends.”


Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see that work has commenced on the new 3G pitch at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School and would like to congratulate the school and the Staffordshire FA for working so tirelessly to secure the funding needed to complete the work. I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.


"The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities across the country and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”


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

Notes to editor
For more information contact: 
 
• Kate McBey, PR & Marketing Officer on 01543 464270 or email katiemcbey@cannockchasedc.gov.uk 
• Richard Faulkner on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or richard.faulkner@footballfoundation.org.uk