Students, Vale Juniors and the wider community will soon benefit from Eaton Bank Academy’s new state-of-the-art floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch. Eaton Bank Academy and Vale Juniors have worked with the Football Foundation to secure a £553,618 grant towards the project. The fundraising has also been supported by Year 7 and 8 students taking part in the Rotary Swimathon, the school choir performing at The Rotary Christmas Concert and a Friends of Eaton Bank fundraising bag pack at Morrisons.
Ed O’Neill, Eaton Bank Academy Headteacher, said: “The 3G pitch is going to be fantastic year-round facility for Eaton Bank Academy students and the wider community. The pitch will help significantly increase the number of people who are able to play football on a regular basis, delivering valuable benefits to the local community in terms of health and wellbeing for many years to come. Work will begin on the project in October and we anticipate the facilities will be available for use in January.”
Graham Evans, Vale Juniors Chair, added: “Vale Juniors F.C is really proud to have worked alongside Eaton Bank Academy to deliver this new 3G facility for the whole community. As a football club, this 3G will mean we can continue to grow and offer new opportunities to our players such as enhanced outfield and goalkeeper coaching. We are delighted that our players, coaches and everyone associated with Vale Juniors F.C will now have a world-class facility to continue to offer the community of Congleton sporting provision.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 377 grants worth £12.3m across Cheshire County FA towards grassroots sports projects worth £23.1m and it is great to hear that Eaton Bank Academy will be the latest beneficiary.
“Funding from the Premier League, The FA and Government, delivered by the Foundation, will support the school in developing a brand new facility for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.”