A number of organisations have pitched in to to fund a new state-of-the-art playing surface for footballers in Gedling borough.
The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund have handed over £381,309 to Redhill Academy Trust and Gedling Borough Council who applied for a grant to pay for a new 3G pitch at Redhill Leisure Centre and also improve floodlighting.
The improvements will enable the borough to provide a first-class football facility for training, competitive matches and wider community use for its partner clubs Gedling Southbank FC and Arnold Town and also wider footballing community in the borough.
The new pitch will be available 7 days a week to provide much needed increased capacity for the borough’s clubs and teams to use for both training and competitive matches.
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Cllr Henry Wheeler, Gedling Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that the Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund, has awarded this grant. The football community in Gedling works tirelessly to provide opportunities for people to engage in sport and physical activity to improve health and wellbeing.
“This fabulous new facility will enable participation in football from early year’s through to walking football for the older members of the community as well as providing a platform for the development of young football leaders, coaches, managers and officials, who are often the unsung heroes of the game but who are critical to the game’s success.”
Executive Principal of the Redhill Academy Trust, Andrew Burns OBE said: “This great new facility will benefit all our students both within lessons and for after school sport. We are delighted that the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund have made this possible. The Redhill Academy has a great reputation for PE and Sport and this new high quality sporting provision will enable us to maintain this long into the future.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Gedling Borough Council and Redhill Academy Trust and their partner clubs for working with the Nottinghamshire Football Association to secure this Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund grant.”