Limonta Smith JV Ltd began work at the end of March to refurbish Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation’s current sand-filled all-weather pitch to provide a state-of-the-art 3G community football pitch including a new land drainage system, repairs to the existing sub-base, new fencing and floodlighting system and a spectator viewing area.
The £560,000 project was made possible by funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation is Middlesbrough Football Club’s independent charity set up by Chairman Steve Gibson in 1996. MFCF uses the power of MFC brand to engage with the community to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and adults to maximise their potential to achieve.
The Foundation deliver’s enterprise education lessons to over 3,000 Secondary Schools students each year, and have engaged over 10,000 people at their Herlingshaw Centre. The Foundation have affiliated 10 new disability football teams in local leagues in 2014 and have provided diversionary activities on an evening for young people in 8 of the most deprived wards in Middlesbrough.
The Foundation are also delivering satellite football clubs, every week for 30 weeks, for females only encouraging females to play football.
Helen Pinder, Head of the Foundation said, “It’s fantastic for Middlesbrough Football Club and the local area to have received this funding for a new 3G pitch. The process has been very smooth and the works are coming along well. Our plan is to open the facility on 1st July 2015. We deliver a lot of activities locally and the new pitch will allow local people including local football teams, the Girls Centre of Excellence, local disability groups and schools to access a state of the art facility. It can only be good for the area.”