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Published June 8th 2020
Premier League Boosts Grass Roots Football's New Pitch
With the Premier League in England about to re-start after a three-month break due to coronavirus, there is further good news at a grassroots level in Staffordshire. A new 3G pitch for people of all ages is being constructed at Tamworth Enterprise College in the town's Birds Bush Road. The full size, outdoor, artificial grass sports pitch, which replaces a smaller, sand-based synthetic turf pitch, has been made possible thanks to a £471,951 grant from the Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund. The total cost of the £774,000 project, which also includes fencing, lighting, maintenance equipment and refurbished changing facilities, was further boosted by £300,000 in Section 106 money paid to Tamworth Borough Council.
The new 3G pitch at Tamworth Enterprise College
With the construction of the new sports pitch well underway, work on completing the scheme includes gluing the sections of the 3G surface together; line marking the pitch; delivery of all apparatus; attaching spectator fencing and checking that all the new electrics are working to support the new LED floodlights. The aim of the project is that, once opened, the pitch will create a high-quality facility to help raise standards in performance and also grow participation in football for all ages, as well as developing a hub for girls' football. Councillor John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services at Tamworth Borough Council, said: "This is an exciting project that is supported by the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund and the Football Foundation, in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council." The facility will be in operation on weekdays for when pupils return to the college, and evenings for club and community use. During weekends the site will be open for community use and club league fixtures.
The artificial grass pitch will be open to people of all ages
Councillor Chesworth added: "Work may have taken a little longer than expected due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we are happy to say we are nearly ready to open the pitch. We hope that the new pitch can be used by the summer, by ensuring all social distancing and Government Covid-19 guidelines are followed. The aim is to open to help engage young people and adults in sports and develop personal skills and confidence." The site will be serviced and maintained in partnership between the land owner, Academies Enterprise Trust, and Tamworth Borough Council. Pitch hire will be co-ordinated by Tamworth Enterprise College.