Axe Valley sport gets £417,000 boost
PUBLISHED: 09:02 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:02 16 October 2014
Football Foundation grant signals the go ahead for college's new all-weather playing field
A £417,550 grant for a new all-weather pitch at Axe Valley Community College has been hailed as a major boost for grassroots sport throughout the region.
The Football Foundation announced the award last week, ensuring the go-ahead for a state-of-the-art third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) on part of the school’s existing playing field.
Officials say the impressive new facility will significantly widen the range of curriculum opportunities available to students and allow competitive fixtures to take place through the winter thanks to the flood-lighting.
During out of school hours, the facility will be open to community use, including Millwey Rise FC and Axminster Town FC. Leisure East Devon (LED), who run the Axminster Leisure Centre, will manage the facility for all community use.
College headteacher Martin Smith told The Midweek Herald: “We are thrilled to have received this grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
“It will transform the educational sporting opportunities for students at The Axe Valley Community College and other schools. It will also provide clubs in the area first class facilities to enhance the opportunities to develop grassroots sports, especially football.
“We are grateful to all our community partners, including Millwey Rise FC, Axminster Town FC and LED for their support in developing the project. I would also like to thank Devon FA, Axminster Town Council and Devon County Council for their support and assistance.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to The Axe Valley Community College for working with the Devon County FA to secure this Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund grant.”
“Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 87 grants worth £8.1m across Devon towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £15.2m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.”