Filbert Fox Opens Our Latest All-Weather Pitch in Leicester

Filbert Fox joins Dion Dublin & Matt Elliott at the official opening of our latest all-weather pitch

McArdle Sport Tec are honoured to have had one of our latest all-weather football pitches at Wreake Valley Academy opened by some very special guests. Dion Dublin, a Football Foundation ambassador and former Leicester City player, was joined by ex-Leicester City skipper and teammate Matt Elliott as well as the clubs’ mascot Filbert Fox.

Dublin and Elliott cut the ribbon at the new floodlit pitch which received top reviews and Filbert Fox showed off his football skills on the pitch and posed for selfies with the crowd. Dion Dublin was clearly impressed with the new facilities and during an interview on-site he stated, “This new 3G surface is incredible when you compare it to the sort of run-down pitches that were being used here until recently,” “It will also become a home for local grassroots clubs and footballers from the wider community.”

The new facility can be played on throughout the year which was one of the main benefits to the local community. “The pitch will provide local grassroots footballers of all ages and abilities with a place to come and enjoy playing football,” said Matt Elliott. “The pitch that was here previously couldn’t keep pace with demand but that won’t be a problem with the new surface, which is also floodlit meaning play can continue even when the nights draw in early.”

Thanks to the new all-weather pitch, Wreake Valley Academy’s football development plan envisages a rise in the number of affiliated teams from 14 to 69 and an increase in participation at the site of 245% over the next five years. The new pitch be available for use by the Academy’s pupils and the wider community, Leicester City Community Trust, Leicester City Ladies and local teams inducing Syston Town Junior FC and Riverside FC clubs. The new pitch will also be utilized during the school holidays where Leicester City FC will hold school holiday courses. “The pitch will provide local grassroots footballers of all ages and abilities with a place to come and enjoy playing football,” said Matt Elliott.

The construction process took eleven weeks and was captured on our time-lapse camera. To see the all-weather pitch installation from start to finish click here.

The brand new all-weather pitch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

All-weather pitch