Some good news has been announced for community sport in Derbyshire. Friesland School working alongside partner club Sandiacre Town FC, have been awarded a grant from the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund, to install a floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).
The grant will enable Friesland School to replace and extend their existing 95m x 60m sand-based 3G pitch which had reached the end of its operational life. This will be replaced by a brand new 106m x 70m fenced and floodlit 3G AGP that can be used all-year-round, even during the cold winter months.
The new all-weather pitch will offer an enhanced football experience to all the students at Friesland School. In addition to this, the pitch will provide a wider variety of football opportunities for people in the local community, including disability football sessions and
school holiday camps.
Friesland School worked with the Football Foundation and the Derbyshire FA, as well as partner club Sandiacre Town FC, to secure a £491,953 grant from the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund towards the project.
Peter Monk, Headteacher of Friesland School, said: “This is fantastic news for Friesland School, Sandiacre Town FC and the local community. We have been working on this application for more than three years. There has been a huge amount of fund-raising, particularly from the players and families of members of Sandiacre Town FC, led by Alan Ure, until recently Chairman of the Club, and by many individuals and groups associated with the school.
“The facility will provide a long-standing memorial to James Turnbull, a much-loved student of the school and member of Sandiacre Town FC, who passed away in tragic circumstances earlier this year. I would like to thank the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, who have put so much money into this project. The new facility will improve grassroots sport in the area in a whole variety of ways.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 234 grants worth £9.1m across Derbyshire towards grassroots sports projects worth £17.6m and it is great to hear that Friesland School will be the latest beneficiary.
“Funding from the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Foundation, will support the club in developing a brand new 3G AGP for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Fund is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.”