Premier League cash to repair school pitch

Carre's Grammar School's 3G all weather pitch. EMN-160401-162748001
Carre's Grammar School's 3G all weather pitch. EMN-160401-162748001

A Sleaford school is to benefit from cash handed down from Premiership clubs for grassroots football.

Carre’s Grammar School is to receive £53,568 towards a £284,568 project to improve drainage and level its floodlit third generation synthetic all weather pitch.

The grant from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund is one of 23 in the East Midlands worth a total £1.8million, guided by the Football Foundation to target grassroots facilities.

Leasingham Junior Football Club will be getting £270 towards replacement of unsafe goalposts, costing £539.

Matt Evans, Community Sport Manager at Carre’s said the playing surface was coming to the end of its 10-year life span. He said: “It failed its three-yearly pitch test on its levels and has been granted a temporary licence until the end of this season.”

The rest of the cost is being funded by savings from pitch hire and from the school.

Work should start during the closed season in April, taking up to 12 weeks, when the last few games will switch to grass with evening bookings played on Governor’s Field. It should also avoid disturbance during the exam period.

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, said: “Creating opportunities for young people to play football and get involved with other sports is incredibly important to developing a taste for sport and exercise and all the ancillary benefits that brings to life.”