Burnley Council has been awarded a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to install a new 3G artificial grass football pitch at the Prairie Sports Village in Burnley.
The grant will enable the council and its partner Burnley Leisure, which manages the sports complex, to build a second, full-sized, synthetic grass pitch to help meet the growing demand from local football clubs for all-weather, floodlit playing and training facilities.
The council and Burnley Leisure worked with the Football Foundation and the Lancashire FA to secure the £426,908 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project which will cost £1.033 million. Burnley Leisure is providing £427,000 of funding and the council is contributing £180,000.
Councillor John Harbour, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for leisure and culture, said: “The council is delighted that the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund are providing such a significant amount of funding for this project and we are very grateful for their support. The new artificial grass pitch will be a great addition to the popular Prairie Sports Village and demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing excellent sport and leisure facilities for residents in Burnley.”
Gerard Vinton, chief executive of Burnley Leisure, said: “Thanks to the support of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund we will be able to provide top quality playing and training facilities for more clubs and teams in the area, with a particular focus on women and girls and junior teams. This demonstrates our strong partnership with the Council and local clubs and leagues, as well as the Football Foundation and Lancashire FA, for the development of grassroots football.”
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 515 grants worth £13.9m across Lancashire County FA towards grassroots sports projects worth £32.2m and it is great to hear that Fulledge Colts will be the latest beneficiary.
“Funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Foundation, will support the club in developing a brand-new 3G pitch for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the
Government, via Sport England, the Fund is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.”