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New 3G pitch is on the ball

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The beautiful game is looking better than ever in Dudley borough thanks to a brand new state of the art pitch that’s opening at the Dell Stadium.

The floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch, which has been developed thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, will be officially opened by The Mayor of Dudley on Wednesday 9 May at 6.30pm.

The evening will conclude at 7.30pm with a football match on the new pitch between Wolves All Stars and Dudley Town FC and members of the public are welcome throughout.

Creation of the pitch has cost a total of £644,000 – made up of £543,927 funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and £100,000 from Dudley Council.

The council is working closely with the Birmingham County FA and the Football Foundation to ensure local people and clubs will get the most out of the new pitch, with an emphasis on increasing participation in sport.

Partner clubs will use the new pitch as a home base whilst Dudley Town FC, Gornal Colts FC, the Stourbridge & District Youth Football League and Wolves Community Trust are amongst the many other organisations able to take advantage of the new playing surface.

The investment is in addition to the council’s commitment to invest £24.5m in the wider leisure service, which includes plans for a new leisure centre in Dudley, as well as refurbishing and modernising the existing leisure centres in Halesowen and Stourbridge.

Alan Lunt, strategic director for place, said:

We are immensely proud and privileged to have this new facility and hope it will be beneficial to grassroots football in and around Dudley borough.
We would like to thank the FA for its valued support and funding for this project, which forms part of our wider investment in leisure and sport facilities.

Any booking enquires for the new pitches should be made to Steve Gay, area manager at steve.gay@dudley.gov.uk

Notes to editor

3G pitches are made using a synthetic surface technology that’s designed for football and rugby at both competitive and recreational levels.

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 over 17,000 grants worth more than £615m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of £817m – £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.

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