This grant has enabled VJFC and Eaton Bank Academy to meet the target of the Football Foundation of match funding that Congleton needed to find. This will mean the football foundation will support the new 3G pitch with additional grant support of over £500,000. The Football Foundation is funded by the Premier League, The FA, Sport England, and the UK Government.
The Congleton Sports Trust has been set up to deliver improved facilities like this new 3G pitch at Eaton Bank Academy as the top priority project.
The pitch will also allow disability football to be available within Congleton. The demand for disability football is currently being reviewed with Cheshire FA and Vale Juniors FC to see if we can develop disability football for Congleton.
This new 3G football pitch will be on Eaton Bank Academy school grounds and so the school will also benefit from this enhanced facility. The pitch will benefit over 4700 children a year from Vale Juniors FC and Eaton Bank home football matches against the visiting teams.
Vale Juniors FC has currently 415 players ranging from its mini-strikers training academy, nursery to school year 1 children, the SSE Wildcats girls training and its playing teams start from school year 2 to school year 13 (sixth form). All of these children will use the facility at least weekly.
• 2 mini strikers academy (U4-U6) Mixed training
• 1 SSE Wildcats (U5-U11) Girls Only Training
• 10 mini soccer teams (U7-U10) including 2 off girls teams
• 15 Youth teams (U11-U18) including 4 off girls teams
The club has been at the forefront of introducing girls and ladies football in the local area since 2007 and has been a key driver for improved facilities.
The pitch will also be available to hire and so other children and adults will also have the opportunity to use the pitch.
The CHESHIRE East New Homes bonus community fund put circa £1m into communities this coming financial year and was oversubscribed by circa £7m a similar amount will be available for bids in the next financial year.