Facilities Fund boost for Birmingham students

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s former school has recently started to reap the benefit of a brand new state-of-the-art pitch thanks to funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PLFAFF).

Four Dwellings Academy, which lies to the west of Birmingham, lost its previous all-weather facility in 2012 because of its poor condition meaning the school, as well as teams in the local community, lost an important place to play.

But now, with the help of a £284,285 grant from the PLFAFF and £10,000 from Sport England’s Schools Access Fund, the Academy has a 3G artificial grass pitch which will benefit students and the local community alike and will help expand football provision in the city of Birmingham. To highlight the role it plays in the local area, Aston Villa will be hosting a soccer school at the venue next month.

Four Dwellings Academy has a rich history of producing professional footballers, having nurtured Sturridge, who has just competed at his first FIFA World Cup, new West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott and former Bolton Wanderers winger Tope Obadeyi.

“This fantastic all-weather playing pitch has once again established the school as a highly sought after centre for local community use, as well as hopefully shaping the footballing futures of our very talented young players,” said Four Dwellings Academy principle Becky Elcocks.

“We are extremely grateful for the huge support we have received from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to make this highly ambitious sporting project a reality.”

The PLFAFF, funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity, and provides more high-quality facilities to improve the experience for regular players and to attract new players to the game.

Many of the new facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, SBOBET particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the work of the professional clubs’ community trusts.
Launched in 2013, the PLFAFF will invest £102m over three years into building and refurbishing local football facilities.
“Four Dwellings Academy now has a superb all-weather playing surface that will enable a lot more sporting activity to take place on site,” said former Aston Villa and England manager and Football Foundation ambassador Graham Taylor. “A lot more pupils, as well as the wider local community, are going to get opportunities to enjoy their sport, which is why these types of facility are so vital.

“As well as the all-weather surface not churning up in bad weather, SBOBET, the floodlights on site mean everything does not simply stop once it becomes dark – which can be at 4pm in the winter months. This extra capacity can only serve to encourage the generation of home-grown footballing talent.

“Credit should go to those at the school who put the effort in to make this project happen – and the Football Foundation, who worked with the Birmingham FA to ensure that the all-important cash could be found from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to help finance the project.”