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Construction of new community football pitch kicks off
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Work is underway on the construction of the much-anticipated floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch at The Nuneaton Academy.

Diggers are now on site and are preparing the ground for this fantastic new facility which has been funded by the Football Foundation and the Department for Education and will soon be available for school and community use.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust (NBLT) will be managing the pitch and ensuring that as many people as possible can benefit from the new facility.

The project was funded with the help of a £244,748 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.

Forecasts suggest that the pitch will be used by over 2,300 people on a weekly basis. The project will also support the growth of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Minor League from 137 teams to 152 and the growth of Nuneaton Town FC from 23 teams to 43 by the end of a five year Football Development Plan.

Helen McEvoy, Principal of the Nuneaton Academy, said: “We are thrilled to see work starting on this high-tech new pitch and very grateful to everyone who helped to secure the funding, including our sponsor North Warwickshire & Hinckley College.  This investment in developing local athletes is a fantastic opportunity for the school and wider community.”

Speaking on behalf of NBLT, Kevin Hollis, said: “We have already had many enquiries about the new facility, which we envisage will be up and running in June or July 2012. We are keen to speak to anyone in the local community who is interested in using the pitch – including the local football leagues and clubs, the school sports partnership and local colleges.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see that work has commenced on the new 3G pitch at The Nuneaton Academy and would like to congratulate the college and the Birmingham County 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 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: 
• The Nuneaton Academy Sports Centre on 024 7640 507 or academy@nbleisuretrust.org 
• Richard Faulkner on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or richard.faulkner@footballfoundation.org.uk