HUISH EPISCOPI ACADEMY
McArdle Sport Tec were selected to construct a third-generation, all-weather pitch in Somerset.
In September 2015, Yeovil Ladies’ Town FC player Annie Heatherson officially opened the new 3G pitch for Huish Episcopi Academy at the Football Foundation’s official opening ceremony. McArdle Sport Tec were selected to design and build the £670,000 facility at the neighbouring leisure centre for the Academy. The new 3G became home to two Charter Standard Development Clubs, Aller Park Rangers FC and Somerton Town FC.
The opening ceremony drew quite a crowd and included speeches from Andrew Davis, Huish Episcopi’s Principal, Mike Best, Chair of Somerset District Council and John Shearing, Vice Chair of Somerset FA.
Annie Heatherson, Yeovil Town Ladies FC said “It was a privilege to open this fantastic 3G AGP at Huish Episcopi Academy. It is brilliant to see a development like this close to my club, Yeovil Town FC. It is very important to have facilities like this, not just to get people playing, but also to create well established home grown talent. This new 3G in Somerset will be used extensively by the pupils, local teams, feeder primary schools and the local community.”
The Principal of Huish Episcopi Academy also added, “We are absolutely delighted to announce the opening of our new artificial grass pitch and would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, along with the South Somerset District Council and the Directors of Huish Episcopi Academy, for investing a significant amount of money into the sporting facilities of our Academy.”
“This investment will not only greatly enhance the facilities for our own students throughout the day, but will also continue to build on the great work being done by Huish Leisure, out in our local community, to develop a wide range of sports, particularly football, at grassroots level.”
Amanda Eastwood, business development manager at Huish Episcopi: “As a school we’re very good at sports, so having high quality facilities is very important to us. We were really in need of a new pitch, as students would come off the old surface with cut knees and all sorts.. The installation was very quick and very impressive. McArdle clearly know what they’re doing, because the work didn’t take long at all. In fact, it was great to see the progress of the installation; it almost feels as if the pitch was built overnight.”
“Immediately we were taking bookings from local teams, and the feedback from Yeovil Town was that this was a very high quality pitch. It’s fantastic to know that we are providing high quality facilities for local sports.”
AMANDA, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, HUISH EPISCOPI ACADEMY