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Emmbrook 3G Pitch Funding Agreed

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Wokingham Borough Council’s plans fora new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch for students and the publicat The Emmbrook School are a step forward thanks a grant from The PremierLeague, The FA and government’s Football Foundation.

The £480,298 grant is in addition to£350,000 developer contributions the borough council has secured for the scheme– a total investment of £830,298. Planning permission for the scheme wasgranted in 2018.

The new pitch will not only enhancethe school’s PE provision but will create community facilities for everyone.

Use

Students will use it solely duringschool hours and for after-school activities. Football clubs including theborough council’s partners Wokingham and Emmbrook FC and Ashridge Park FC, andcommunity groups, will use it evenings and weekends. The pitch will also beadaptable for five-a-side, seven-a-side and nine-a-side.

A 3G pitch has an artificial surfaceand is a substitute for grass. 3G is the latest version of what used to becalled Astroturf.

Cllr Parry Batth, executive member forenvironment and leisure, said: “The Emmbrook 3G pitch will be a fantasticaddition to our leisure facilities in the borough, which will benefit not onlythe school but local clubs and community groups.  We’re making significant investment in ourleisure facilities at a time when many local authorities across the country arescaling back.

Chief Executive Of Football Foundation

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of theFootball Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 307grants worth £6.4million across Berks & Bucks County FA region towardsgrassroots sports projects worth £15.2million and it is great to hear that TheEmmbrook School will be the latest beneficiary.

“Funding from the Premier League, TheFA and government, delivered by the foundation, will support the school indeveloping a brand new all-weather pitch for the local community. Made possibleby investment from the Premier League, The FA and the government, via SportEngland, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improvingaccess to high-quality football facilities across the country.”

The borough council is in the processof appointing a contractor for the project, and hopes building work will startduring the summer, so that the pitch can open later this year.   

Other 3G Pitches

The five other 3G pitches in theborough are at Cantley Park, Montague Park FC, Arborfield Leisure Centre,Ryeish Green Leisure Centre and Goals in Woodley.