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Oxford Academy to unveil brand new all-weather pitch

What: The Oxford Academy will officially open their new all-weather pitch.

Where: The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6XT.

When: Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 10am.  

The Oxford Academy will officially unveil their new state-of-the-art all-weather pitch on Tuesday 3 October at 10am, made possible by a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation.

The grant has enabled the Oxford Academy to replace an existing grass pitch with a new state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The new playing surface is expected to boost overall football participation at the site by 266%.

In addition to the Academy’s pupils, the new 3G AGP will benefit its other users including: partner clubs Greater Leys FC and Florence Park FC; Horsporth YFC; Oxford Blackbirds FC and Union Street FC.

The site will also be a key venue for the Oxfordshire Girls Centre for Excellence, run by Oxford United FC. As a result, female football participation is expected to increase by 462% across all ages.

The project was made possible thanks to a £579,201 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, which the school worked alongside the Oxfordshire FA to secure.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 151 grants worth £5.1mtowards grassroots sports projects worth over £13m across the whole of Oxfordshire.

Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

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