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Sir Trevor Brooking opens new state-of-the-art sports pitch for Manor School

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 7:50 PM

From the Football Foundation

Aspiring football stars of Manor School and Sports College will soon be able to hone their skills with the opening of an all-weather floodlit pitch, funded by the Football Foundation and East Northants District Council. It will be officially opened by West Ham and England soccer legend Sir Trevor Brooking, 10.30am Friday 20th June 2008 at Manor School and Sports College, Mountbatten Way, Raunds, Northants NN9 6PA.


The ceremony will feature a football competition for Manor School students and a skills challenge for budding primary school footballers.


Manor School and Sports College were awarded a grant of £335,574 towards the new pitch from the Football Foundation, the charity which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government.


Open all year round, the pitch will be available to all schools, clubs and community in East Northamptonshire and beyond. It is anticipated that it will enable 39% more boys and girls at the school to get regular access to sport at the site. Whilst 103% more male users and 37% more female users from the local community will get opportunities to play regular sport as a result of the new playing surface.


Mrs Linda Brooks, Head Teacher of Manor School and Sports College, said: “I am delighted that we now have such a fantastic sports facility. This state-of-the-art pitch will be a great asset to both students at Manor School and the local community.”


Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This new all-weather pitch will really benefit local people of all ages. Congratulations should go to Manor School and Sports College and the Northamptonshire FA.


“It is thanks to the contributions of our funding partners – the Premier League, The Football Association and Government – that the Football Foundation exists to invest in projects such as this. I encourage other organisations in Northamptonshire and across the country to apply to us for grants.”


The occasion is also being used to raise funds for The Nikita Jade Disability Fund – the charity chosen by Redgrave House students for 2008. The proceeds will help fund vital therapy for Nikita at the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.


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