A sports centre in St Helens has been given almost £100,000 for a new football pitch.
Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) has awarded Prescot Soccer and Leisure Centre £99,996 to part fund the £310k refurbishment of the large sand based astroturf pitch at Prescot Soccer and Leisure Centre.
Sport England and Knowsley Council will match fund the remaining bill.
Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions.
The Fund also provides smaller grants for vital improvements, such as replacing unsafe goalposts and purchasing pitch maintenance equipment. (See Notes to Editors for a full list of the grants awarded in this period.)
This announcement of the latest round of funding follows the publication of the Government’s new Sport Strategy – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation – which has seen the Premier League committing even more investment into the grassroots over the next three years.
A spokesman for Knowsley Council said: “The work is currently underway and is due to be completed by the first week in April.
“Once complete the 102m x 63m floodlit pitch will complement the existing seven smaller caged 3G floodlit pitches.
“We are really pleased to be able to progress this project with the support of the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund. Once the large pitch is complete the centre will offer comprehensive football facilities for local residents and clubs to enjoy from small sided games to 11-a-side matches.”
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, said: “The Football Foundation’s underlying strategy of delivering quality community facilities where they are needed most and can be best utilised is something the Premier League has long-supported. Creating opportunities for young people to play football and get involved with other sports is incredibly important to developing a taste for sport and exercise and all the ancillary benefits that brings to life. It also forges stronger bonds between communities and the professional football clubs sustained by them.”
Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Sports pitches and pavilions are used by millions of people each week, so it’s important that we make sure that they’re high quality, welcoming and accessible for everyone.
“We’re proud to be working with the FA, Premier League, Government and Football Foundation to create so many excellent facilities that benefit people now, and for years to come.”