Southfield grange trust – community artificial grass pitch
Football Foundation framework project with partners TigerTurf UK
Southfield Grange Trust officially opened their community artificial grass pitch on Sunday the 16th September. Partners TigerTurf won this competitive project through the Football Foundation framework, and McArdle Sport Tec completed the pitch installation in 2017.
Southfield Grange were awarded £312,837.00 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
The financial investment enabled the trust to replace their existing sand dressed pitch with a new 101 x 63m floodlit 3rd generation grassroots football pitch. Since the artificial grass pitch was developed, the number of clubs have increased from an impressive 25 to 84 football clubs.
The Football Foundation funding partners have invested 19.9million pounds towards grassroots football in the West Riding region since 2000.
Partner clubs and teams benefiting from the new facilities include:
Bradford City FC, Wyke Wanderers, Campion AFC, St Bede’s Old Boys FC, Bradford Park Avenue FC, One in A Million Charity, Phoenix Junior FC, Shelf JFC, West Bowling ARLFC, Bradford Disability FC and the West Riding FA.
Darren Vidamour, Centre Manager Southfield Grange trust, said:
“On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for providing the necessary funding, support and professional advise to enable us to replace a tired and outdated pitch with a FIFA accredited community artificial grass pitch which a whole host of local clubs both amateur and professional can use.”
“Not only will the students and staff greatly benefit but also the surrounding community. The various clubs that are using the facility have provided us with fantastic feedback and we are very proud to offer such a fantastic facility in an area that really did need the investment.”
“The pitch has given us a fantastic base for training, our opponents look forward to the Bede’s home games and the players are proud of their home ground. The use of the pitch over the summer has allowed us to maintain training all season and we have been able to host friendly matches and trials for our new academy. With more facilities like this, local football would see an upward trend in participation.”
Danny Burke, Club Secretary of St Bede’s Old Boys School