Middlesbrough FC Foundation has unveiled a refurbished full-size 3G floodlit pitch at the club’s Herlingshaw site, following an investment of £447,142 by the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
Boro star George Friend officially opened the South Bank site, which is used by the club’s Foundation as a base for a number of their club and community group sports sessions including use by their ladies team, disability groups and schools partners.
Simon Morgan, head of community development at the Premier League, said: “Middlesbrough are a very community-focussed club and the refurbishment of the pitch at their Herlingshaw site will ensure a significant opportunity to increase football participation by local people.
“The Premier League’s ongoing investment into facilities alongside The FA and the Government, via Sport England, is part of our ongoing strategy to develop Clubs as hubs of their local community.”
FA chief executive Paul Thorogood said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled the Middlesbrough FC Foundation to develop this new 3G AGP. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part.
“This latest project in Middlesbrough is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.”
Head of MFC Foundation, Helena Pinder, added: “We’re delighted at the completion of the new facility. It looks fantastic and we are looking forward to opening it up to the public and local community to use.
“We would like to thank the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund for their investment and our local partner, Tees Valley Community Foundation for their contribution of £50,000 towards the project.”