New 3G pitch perfect for grassroots sport, local clubs and school

The new state-of-the-art 3G football pitch at Eskdale School has been officially handed over to the school following a successful, if at times challenging build phase.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 7:40 am
Eskdale School unveil their new 3g pitch .Students line up with teacher Anne-Marie Scales and Head Andy Fyfe PHOTOS BY RICHARD PONTER

The new 3G football pitch was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation

The facility also received a substantial contribution from Scarborough Borough Council along with funding from local community groups and businesses.

After netting a £573,736 grant from the Football Foundation, work begun on the site on September 28 2020 and the facility was officially handed over to the school on April 7 2021, after a challenging winter build.

Eskdale School students try out the new football pitch

The new facility provides a state of the art playing surface for the school to utilise and for grassroots clubs to provide development opportunities for their players.

Matt Hewison, Sports Development Manager at Scarborough Borough Council, said: “Despite the challenges of a winter build and complying with CV-19 restrictions, it is truly amazing to see this facility finally built and opening soon for community use after all the hard work over quite a period of time.

“The facility will make such a huge difference to grassroots sport and enable the school, local clubs and regulated football providers to deliver on a quality surface that will help us with our priority outcomes; in driving up active participation, increasing accessible opportunities and developing the female game.

“The support this project has received from the school, local grassroots clubs, the local community, the Football Foundation, the North Riding County FA, the contractors SIS Pitches and the framework consultants RLF; has made this project a reality and without the joined up partnership approach it would not have happened.

The new 3G pitch at Eskdale School

“We are all just looking forward now to football being delivered and developed on the pitch, including new initiatives to develop walking football, the FA Wildcats programme for girls and also the FA Just Play scheme to encourage active football participation without the commitment of signing up for a team.”

As part of the project Eskdale School are looking to employ a Community Facilities Caretaker (Football Hub) and for further details on the post and the ongoing development of the facility please visit the Eskdale Community 3G Pitch Facebook page.