Axe Valley Community College


This 3G pitch was at the time the only full-sized 3rd Generation Football pitch within a 15-mile radius, and will used by the college, local community and local sporting clubs.Axminster Town AFC, Millwey Rise. In addition to League Two Exeter Town FC plan to use the artificial football pitch to coach their teams.

The new 3G pitch was officially opened by Axe Valley Community College’s head teacher Martin Smith, Exeter City FC’s Director of Football, Steve Perryman, Former Torquay United Manager Leroy Rosenior and representatives from Devon’s County FA, who played a key role in steering the project.

In his speech, Martin Smith claimed the “students returned to school to discover this wonderful new facility and couldn’t wait to christen it! And it is wonderful that the local community now has such a great facility on its doorstep as part of what must be one of the finest sports and leisure complexes in the area.”

At the ceremony, Rosenior said, “I used to play on a plastic pitch at Queens Park Rangers thirty years ago and it was awful, whereas this is a wonder. To get more talent coming through, we need the facilities that give coaches and players the opportunity to get out there – in all weathers and at all times of the day. This facility will certainly give the local area a great boost in achieving this.”

The new pitch was partly funded by a grant from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, via the Football Foundation and it was just one of many completed by McArdle Sport Tec during the busy summer months and it was completed in time for the start of the new school year.

This facility precisely meets the aspirations of The FA

“The opening of this facility precisely meets the aspirations of The FA to ensure that grassroots football facilities are pulled up by their bootstraps and we ensure that clubs and players have an environment in which to grow and develop – both in terms of participation and coaching for the next generation of English players.”

Greg Dyke, FA Chairman

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