Bridgemary School in Hampshire had long suffered from a water-logged pitch which was making it difficult for the school and the local community to utilise the pitch during the winter months.

Due to these problems with their natural turf pitch, the school applied for, and were successful in receiving, a £355,397 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for a new all-weather pitch.

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to deliver the brand new 7,526 sq. metre 3G pitch at the school, which was to be used all year round by not only the school, but also by the Chelsea FC Foundation during the school holidays for community outreach work.

The new pitch installation included fencing, floodlighting and a spectator area, which meant the school were able to play competitive fixtures and take bookings from local football clubs, such as local partner clubs including Gosport FC, Gosport Borough Youth FC and Spartan Colts FC. These clubs were to use the new site for training and matches, encouraging the increase in participation among those clubs as well, and enabling them to create new teams.

The pitch installation began in May 2014 and was completed in 14 weeks, ready for the new school term.

Former Chelsea player and current Blues Academy coach, Jon Harley, attended the opening ceremony of Bridgemary School’s new floodlit 3G pitch.

Jon, who played in Chelsea’s FA Cup winning team in 2000, said, “It was a privilege to open the excellent 3G pitch at Bridgemary School. The investment provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, has enabled the school to offer a stunning facility for the local community to utilise all-year round.”

 “This state-of-the-art sports pitch will have a hugely positive impact on local grassroots sport and football development for many years to come.”

Scott Sivier, Bridgemary School

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