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Whaley Bridge Council worked with the Derbyshire County FA to successfully secure a £97,048 Build the Game grant from the Foundation to install a modern third generation artificial grass surface.

The town of Whaley Bridge prior to the devlopment had just one community sports facility to service its 8,000 population. This was made up of a pavilion and a multi-use games area. Whilst the pavilion remained a modern, functional building, the MUGA surface and surrounding fencing had become very much out of date and was considered dangerous by the local football teams, such as Whaley Bridge Football Club.

The new site is a fantastic success benefiting Whaley Bridge Football Club and its 16 teams, from the Under-8s to the adult first team, and its many girls’ teams. The club’s Football Development Plan, which it submitted as part of the funding application to the Foundation, shows that in five years it will increase its number of teams from 16 to 22 thanks to the new surface.

Councillor, Jon Goldfinch said:

“Generations of children will benefit and Whaley Bridge can be proud to have one of the best artificial grass surfaces you can get.”

See below footage of the new artificial grass pitch in use.

This video tells the story of Whaley Bridge FC has benefited from using the new pitch, explained by Ben Dunning, Football Foundation, Investment Programme Manager.