Date published: 10/06/2016
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, was at South Bromsgrove High School today (Friday 10 June 2016), to officially open a new £1.3m third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) and changing room pavilion.
The project was made possible thanks to a £500,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Sport England also contributed £150,000 towards the works.
The investment has enabled the school to replace an old natural grass pitch, which was prone to waterlogging, with a new floodlit 3G AGP and state-of-the art changing room, comprising: two dual-gender changing rooms; two officials’ changing rooms; a community room and kitchen. This is a much-needed facility, with no other 3G pitches within a ten-mile radius.
The school worked in partnership with the Worcestershire FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which dictates how sport will be played on site.
The Plan predicts 59 new teams will be created over the next five years. Main users of the site are pupils from the school, the Bromsgrove and District Adult League and West Bromwich Albion Foundation, who will use the site to deliver holiday soccer schools and player development opportunities.
A strong emphasis will be placed on supporting football opportunities for women and girls, with 14 teams playing at the site by the end of the Plan. There is also a focus on developing disability football coaching sessions, encouraging inclusive curricular sport by linking with local schools Chadsgrove and Rigby Hall.
The school are working with Soccer Sixes, who are affiliated to the FA, and will also be supporting Worcestershire Schools FA with County training and fixtures.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £560m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £787m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 120 grants worth £7.4m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £15.5m across the whole of Worcestershire.
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.
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, said: “I was really delighted to open South Bromsgrove High’s stunning new facilities today. The fantastic 3G pitch, alongside the impressive new changing facilities, will have an incredibly positive impact on the local community. These new facilities give people the opportunity to play sport and enjoy the benefits of becoming heathier as a result.
“The Football Foundation is working hard to direct investment from its Funding Partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government via Sport England – into the areas of the country that need it most. Foundation grants not only improve grassroots sports facilities but create a multitude of jobs for architects, builders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and many others in the process.
“I want to pay tribute to everyone involved that has worked so hard to make this project become a reality. This new site will benefit the school and the local area for decades to come.
Paul Topping, Headteacher of South Bromsgrove High, said: “The opening of the 3G pitch realises the vision and recognises the hard work of some key people at South Bromsgrove High and their determination to overcome barriers and provide a world class footballing facility. On behalf of the Governing Body, who are determined to continue to provide the best possible educational provision for students and the community a whole, I would like to thank all involved in the project. We look forward to seeing young people and adults benefitting from playing on an excellent surface all year round.”
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 South Bromsgrove High to upgrade their changing room pavilion and 3G AGP. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area. I would like to thank The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP for opening the facility.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, 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 Bromsgrove 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 if it and to stay healthy.”
For more information contact:
- Dave Bayliss at South Bromsgrove High on 01527 831 783 or BS@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or email@example.com