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Double Delight in Newark as two new all-weather pitches support development of Sports Community Village

Double Delight in Newark as two new all-weather pitches support development of Sports Community Village

Date published: 13/11/2018
Double Delight in Newark as two new all-weather pitches support development of Sports Community Village
Newark and Sherwood District Councillor, Keith Walker (left) and Newark Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Roberts (right) unveil the new stadia 3G pitch.

Football participation in Newark, Nottinghamshire is set to flourish thanks to two new Football Foundation funded all-weather pitches which were opened yesterday (Monday 12 November).

The third generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) are part of the wider development of the Newark and Sherwood YMCA Sports Community Village (SCV) situated on Bowbridge Road, which will be phased over several years.

The new facilities were made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Further significant funding and community involvement came from Newark Town Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council, alongside support from Nottinghamshire YMCA.

The grant has enabled Newark and Sherwood YMCA to install two full-size floodlit 106m x 70m 3G AGP’s, one of which would be suitable for play in the National League System. The two pitches at the SCV site are located adjacent to a new £9.4 million Leisure Centre which opened in April 2016, helping to form a quality community hub for the people of Newark and the wider community.

The new all-weather pitches include markings for 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 football and will benefit two partner football clubs: Newark Town FC and RHP FC, as well as wider community groups and organisations.

One of the pitches also now meets Category H of the FA National Ground Grading requirements and has been designed to allow Newark Town FC to expand in the future with minimal disruption. The club currently play in the Central Midlands League North Division at Step 7 and aspires to push for promotion in the future with the support of the improved facilities.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust (NFCT) will use the site to deliver various community schemes in conjunction with the YMCA as part of a Pro Club link. This will include developing girls and women's football with dedicated sessions and coaching for disabled footballers.

Nottinghamshire YMCA were awarded a £500,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The council worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Nottinghamshire County FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

The new facilities will support the projected formation of 113 new football teams across junior and adult formats over the next five years. This will contribute towards a massive growth in the number of affiliated footballers playing at the site, with over 1,800 new players expected, creating a 2416% increase.

Significant growth in the number of female players using the site is also anticipated over the next five years and will result in the formation of 22 new female teams, which will support over 350 affiliated players.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 254 grants worth £14.5m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £25.4m across the whole of Nottinghamshire County FA region.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grassroots sport plays an important role in communities across the UK, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. That is why I am delighted that Newark and Sherwood YMCA has now opened their state-of-the-art 3G pitches, thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

“Continuing to improve access to high-quality facilities like this one is a key aim for the Premier League, The FA and the Government.
Delivered by the Football Foundation, their funding supports projects for clubs and organisations all over the country and is helping to boost the number of people benefiting from sport through better facilities.

“Grassroots football provides so many benefits for members of the community, not least of which is the opportunity to enjoy themselves. Love for our national game, something that can be found across the country, is an integral part of what drives the Foundation and its Funding Partners to keep increasing the standards and quality of our facilities.”

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“Grassroots sport plays an important role in communities across the UK, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.” - Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation

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