Gedling residents can get ready for kick-off thanks to a new state of the art artificial sports pitch.
The 3G pitch will be constructed at Carlton Le Willows thanks to a £799,000 sports project.
A changing pavilion will also be constructed
A cash injection of more than £799,000 from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation will help pay for a full-size LED floodlit 3G pitch and changing pavilion at the school in Gedling.
Gedling Borough Council has contributed £300,000 to the project, which will increase capacity not only for use by Carlton le Willows students, but also for wider community use by a number of local football clubs, ranging from junior to adult teams for both males and females.
Planning for the all-purpose facility began after negotiations surrounding the loss of Academy land to make way for the new Gedling Access Road, with senior leaders and governors keen to invest any compensation from that land loss back into the school.
Carlton le Willows head teacher Craig Weaver said: “I am delighted we have been able to work with the Football Foundation to secure this grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government.
“This great new facility will benefit all our students, both within lessons and for after-school sport. We will also be able to support grassroots football promoting sport and well-being for the whole of our community.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 270 grants worth £14.4m across Nottinghamshire County FA towards grassroots sports projects worth £25.5m and it is great to hear that Carlton le Willows Academy will be the latest beneficiary.
“Funding from the Premier League, The FA and Government, delivered by the Foundation, will support the school in developing a brand new 3G pitch for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.”
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke said: “We are very happy to have helped unlock the funding from the Football Foundation with our contribution to this project. This facility was a priority project for the Council and we recognised there was a shortfall of 3G football pitches,
“Working with Carlton le Willows and the Nottinghamshire FA we now have something that the school and local residents can use and enjoy.
“We know the positive impact sport can have for young people’s health and well-being and this new pitch will make a positive difference in the community.”
Work on the 3G pitch will begin in September, with a view to the pitch being ready for use by Christmas.