Sir William Robertson Academy awarded £469,000 grant from Premier League, The FA and the Football Foundation
An academy has been awarded a grant worth more than £450,000 to help develop its football facilities.
Residents living in Welbourn and the surrounding area are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities at Sir William Robertson Academy.
The school was awarded the grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Football Foundation, to develop a 3G football pitch on its site.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable both local football clubs and the local community to benefit from the new facilities.
The students of Sir William Robertson Academy will also benefit from the pitch as it will be available for school use during the day and for extra-curricular activities after school.
Mark Guest, headteacher of Sir William Robertson Academy, said: “We are delighted to receive this significant funding from the Football Foundation.
“The pitch will be a fantastic resource for the pupils within our school, but in addition it will greatly enhance the provision for grassroots football in our local community.”
The school worked with the Football Foundation and the Lincolnshire FA to secure a £469,000 grant towards the project.
Robert Sullivan, interim chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing.
“That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.
“It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Sir William Robertson Academy in developing a 3G all-weather pitch for their local community.