Last Saturday, Jamie Reed MP officially opened Whitehaven AFC’s new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The Emirates FA Cup was also on show at the opening event.
The project was made possible thanks to a £448,954 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
A £448, 954 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund has enabled the club to upgrade their existing 3G playing surface, providing a top quality football hub for both training and competition ahead of the 2016/17 season. The facility will be used by a range of grassroots clubs, including: Bransty FC, Whitehaven Milners FC, Hillcrest FC, St Bees FC and Cleator Moor Celtic FC.
As part of this regeneration, Whitehaven AFC is projected to establish three new female teams for and increase on-site participation by 70%.It is hoped that this investment will help to strengthen the relationship between Whitehaven AFC and the wider community.
Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, said: “I was delighted to help open Whitehaven AFC’s new fantastic 3G football pitch. The site acts as a great sporting hub for the local community, helping increase participation among children and adults. After the great success of our athletes at the Olympic Games, it is vital that people are provided with the facilities to take part in sport and enjoy it as a regular feature of their everyday lives. It’s critically important for a healthy life, thriving community and an even better NHS that we do this.
“This great new facility will provide exactly that and I would like to thank everyone at the club for their dedication and exceptionally hard work to deliver these improvements. Huge credit should also go to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for their financial support in ensuring that this project has become a reality.”