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College scores with local community over 3G pitch

May 19 2016

Dudley College has secured a £874k grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, towards the £1.3m investment needed to create an all-weather complex and install a third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at its Priory Road site. The Priory Road 3G Football Complex is due to open in September this year, shortly after the start of the new football season on the 6th August.

The facility, which will include changing facilities for players and officials as well as a stand area for spectators, will be open to use by community and lower league teams as well as the College’s own students.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.3 billion.

3G pitches made up of synthetic surface technology, designed for playing on at both competitive and recreational levels, guarantee a consistent playing surface in all types of weather. This will mean rain or frost won’t stop play for local football enthusiasts and “Team Dudley”, the College’s home team, can ensure their fixtures go-ahead all year round. The facility will have the added value of being floodlit to allow evening matches to take place up until 9.30pm weekdays.

College Principal Lowell Williams welcomed the addition to the College’s facilities saying:

“By working together with a range of partners including the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, Dudley MBC and Castle High School, we have been able to make the dream of a 3G pitch a reality. The College is keen this becomes a shared community resource and we are eager to hear from junior or senior clubs that would be interested in using the facilities.”

He added: “Dudley College is grateful the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund were able to support the project and we see this as recognition that an interest in the game has never been greater in the region, even if our local teams aren’t having their most successful seasons. This new facility will be an added bonus not only for our many students on dedicated sports courses but for everyone who wants to play the game.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the The Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Dudley College for working with the Football Association to secure this Premier League @The FA Facilities Fund grant.

Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 331 grants worth £23.6m across Birmingham and the Black Country towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £59m with money generously provided by funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.”

Anyone wanting to know more about using the new 3G pitch from September this year should contact: Simon King – Sports Development Manager at: simon.king@dudleycol.ac.uk