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LISTEN: New "state of the art" football pitch for Guildford school

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LISTEN: New "state of the art" football pitch for Guildford school

Published at 12:05pm 11th January 2019. (Updated at 10:10am 5th February 2019)

Guildford Borough Council and Kings College have successfully secured a £346,000 grant to build a new "state of the art" football pitch.

The facility at Kings College in Guildford will provide a full size pitch, two nine a side, two seven aside and five five aside pitches, with floodlights and a new spectator area.

It is being funded by a grants from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund.

Councillor Iseult Roche explains more:

The 3G pitch - made of longer synthetic grass - will provide an all-weather surface for school and community use.

Match funding of £120,000 will come from Guildford Borough Council and £80,000 from the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP).

The news of the grant follows a recent positive Ofsted rating for Kings College.

Alastair McKenzie, Principal of Kings College, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all current and future students, as well as the wider community. It demonstrates our resolve to provide the very best for our young people.

It has been a pleasure to work with Guildford Borough Council and the Football Foundation; both have been passionate in their support of the project. We can’t wait to enjoy the new facility.”

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Wellbeing and Project Aspire says:

“This joint project is a great example of how we continue to support communities and improve the health and well-being of our residents.

"The new 3G pitch will offer countless sporting and training opportunities for the school and the local community, with fair prices and schemes to accommodate everyone, enhancing sport development in Guildford.

"We are very grateful for the generous grant provided by the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund.”

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