New all-weather pitch for Scarborough

Britain's hurdling hero Colin Jackson has unveiled a new all-weather pitch at Scarborough.

Great Britain’s two-time world champion hurdler, officially unveiled the new surface at Scarborough Sports Village, which is expected to create 28 new teams.

The all-weather pitch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Replacing a previously under-used parking facility, the third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch will be enjoyed throughout Scarborough’s community, including local grassroots sides Scarborough Ladies FC and Scarborough Athletic FC. 

To ensure the facility continues to increase sports participation in the long term, Scarborough Borough Council have worked alongside the Football Foundation and North Riding FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan a delivery strategy of how sport will be played on site.

Women’s football will be boosted through the plan, with Scarborough Ladies FC’s weekly involvement allowing the club to deliver all its football from one hub site, ensuring more players can be recruited locally and further raising participation levels in the area.

The club worked in partnership with the North Riding FA to secure the £160,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Colin Jackson, Olympic Silver medalist and now a lead pundit of the BBC’s athletics coverage, said: “I am thrilled to open this new sports village in Scarborough – the facilities are incredible and will play a huge part in bringing the local community together, inspiring both youngsters and adults to be more active.”

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 247 grants worth £9.3m towards grassroots sports projects worth £19m across the whole of the North Riding.

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. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

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