New pitches will benefit junior footballers

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Two senior pitches and up to four mini pitches for junior sides to use have been created thanks to a £149,823 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund and £123,000 funding from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

The grants have enabled a new drainage system to be laid at the park so that the pitches could be created, allowing more football to be played more often.

As well as established Hinckley & District adult teams, Richmond Park will now become home to the junior footballers from Green Towers FC Hinckley, which is the fastest growing club in the borough. Since forming in January 2013, the club has grown from a mini-dribblers school to 22 teams, supported by 24 coaches and playing in four leagues throughout the county.

The club was acknowledged in last Novembers Borough Sport and Health Alliance Sports Awards when it received the Club of the Year Award for the inspiring work that has been undertaken in providing football coaching and playing opportunities for over 300 children a week.

Not only this, but Green Towers FC Hinckley has also been recognised in the Leicestershire FA's McDonalds Grassroots Awards by picking up the FA Charter Standard Development Club and Carl Broomfield Young Volunteer/Coach of the Year awards.

In addition to junior teams from Green Tower FC Hinckley, also present at the official opening will be the Achievers Inclusive Football Team, which participates in the FA Just Play scheme and feeds players on to the AFC Barwell Inclusive Team to play in the County Inclusive League.

Cllr David Cope, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said:

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and supported this fantastic project. It will support more people playing football more often and will make a real difference for everyone involved in football."

Last updated: 28/05/2014 09:22