The cash award completes the funding required to allow St. Bede’s Catholic College and Bristol City Council to build a state of the art 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), changing rooms and car parking. The artificial grass pitch is ‘third generation’ surface and is the latest and closest to real grass yet. The investment in the facilities for football at St. Bede’s will cost an estimated £1.6m and is expected to be fully completed in September 2010. At the consultation meeting held last May there was huge support expressed from local football groups who will be able to use the new facilities outside of school time.
This development jointly funded by the Football Foundation, FIFA, Bristol City Council and the Governors of St. Bede’s will complement the Building School for the Future (BSF) project at the College taking place across the city. Building work at St. Bede’s started this week and will result in a new teaching block along side new sports hall, tennis and netball courts. There has been huge support from local football teams and the Gloucestershire FA. The Lawrence Weston community will be able to use the new facilities outside of school time.
St. Bede’s reputation as an ‘outstanding’ school as judged by OFSTED with specialisms in Science and Sport, is looking to a future where the College will be widely known as a centre of excellence for sport with the facilities to match.
The Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity with a £40m budget going straight into the heart of football.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said: “We warmly congratulate St Bede’s College and the Gloucestershire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.
“Sport is playing a central role in helping people to stay fit, strengthen communities and promote responsibility amongst young people. It is thanks to the funding from our partners the Premier League, The FA and Government that the Football Foundation exists to support this type of excellent project in Bristol.”
Catherine Hughes, Principal at St. Bede’s Catholic College, said: “We have worked hard to secure this huge investment, and are grateful to the Football Foundation for this grant which helps complete funding for the scheme. Once completed our pupils and Lawrence Weston and will have excellent sports facilities. Recreational Sport is of such importance for all. With these new facilities we look towards the future with great optimism.”
For more information call Rory Carroll on 0845 345 4555 ext 4280 or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk