A new floodlit, artificial grass pitch costing more than half a million pounds has been officially opened at a Harborough district school.
The state-of-the-art pitch at The Kibworth School was delivered thanks to a £350,000 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
Angela Edwards, headteacher of The Kibworth School, welcomed “this amazing new facility on our school site”.
And FA Chairman Greg Dyke said: “The opening of this facility precisely meets the aspirations of The FA to ensure that grassroots football facilities are pulled up by their bootstraps.”
The nine-a-side 3G pitch at Kibworth has a “rubber-crumb” surface which can be played on for 12-15 hours a day and will not get frozen or waterlogged.
Angela Edwards said: “It will make a huge impact on improving grassroots sport in the community, as well as directly impacting on provision for the students at our new 11-16 school.”
Since it was launched in 2000, the FA fund has awarded around 13,000 grants, worth more than £510m, for improving local sport.
Martin Glenn, chief executive of The FA, said: “I am delighted that the ongoing investment continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country.”
If you want to book the new Kibworth pitch, ring the school on 0116 279 2238.