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Woodcote High opens new sports facility

Woodcote High opens new sports facility

Date published: 18/07/2013
Coulsden track

A new sports facility jointly funded by the Mayor of London Sports Facilities Fund (MoL:SFF) and the Football Foundation was opened at Woodcote High School in Coulsdon, Croydon.

Woodcote High School have worked with the MoL:SFF to secure £200,000 and with the Football Foundation to secure £50,000 for new grass pitches and a new eight-lane, all-weather running track.

The previous grounds varied in level which meant the pitches often flooded during the winter months, making them unusable. The redevelopments will ensure the site can be fully utilised by Woodcote High School, as well as help encourage sport in the local area.

The facility will also provide a sports area for other groups including local athletics clubs, wheelchair-based groups, paralympians and other schools in the borough and will allow South London Harriers and Woodmansterne Hyde FC to undertake regular training and competition.

Mark Southworth, Head teacher at Woodcote High School, said: “After two years in the planning, I am thrilled to see these superb athletics and football facilities completed. There are very few schools in the UK that have such wonderful sporting amenities and local interest has been huge.  Thanks to the generosity of our funders we have laid the foundations of sporting excellence for years to come.”

Kate Hoey MP, the Mayor of London’s Commissioner for Sport, said: “The new facilities at Woodcote High School are an excellent example of the kind of projects we have supported right across London.

“I am delighted that the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund is making a tangible difference towards improving grassroots sports provision and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved in the project to date.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility, funded by the Football Foundation and the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund, complete and ready for use by the local community.”

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.

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“After two years in the planning, I am thrilled to see these superb athletics and football facilities completed. There are very few schools in the UK that have such wonderful sporting amenities and local interest has been huge. Thanks to the generosity of our funders we have laid the foundations of sporting excellence for years to come.”

Mark Southworth, Head Teacher at Woodcote High School

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