Work starts on artificial pitch in Bedlington

Work kicks off on artificial football pitch at Bedlington High School


Work is well underway to  install a brand  new  artificial grass pitch which will give footballers in Bedlington a new place to show off their skills.

The artificial pitch is being installed at Bedlington High School and will provide high quality football facilities for young people and adults in the town. It is due for completion in August.

The £ 680,000  pitch has been funded with the help of a  £483,561 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Northumberland County Council will be making up the balance of the costs.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.4 billion.  

Once complete, the new pitch will be suitable for full size football match fixtures but can also be split into thirds to accommodate three, seven-a-side pitches. It will be floodlit and its durable, all weather surface will provide opportunities for year round training and match play.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:

“The pitch will bring huge benefits to schoolchildren, local sports clubs and community groups and is part of this council's drive to make sure top class sporting and leisure facilities are available across our county.  We are very grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their grant and support of grassroots sport.”

The project forms part of wider developments at Bedlingtonshire Community High School which opened to its pupils in September 2016.

The new facility will complement existing provision at Sporting Club Bedlington which includes: a four court sports hall, gym, fitness studio, grass pitches and changing rooms.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“Congratulations should go to Northumberland County Council, Bedlingtonshire Community High School, Active Northumberland and partner clubs for working with the Northumberland County FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant.

“Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 205 grants worth £13m across Northumberland towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £26.5m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.”

For more information contact:

Lee Paris, Active Northumberland on 01670 622177 or lparis@activenorthumberland.org.uk

Michael Boniface on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or michael.boniface@footballfoundation.org.uk

11 Jul 2017