New sports pitch for Sands End
It will feature a rubberised surface, with floodlighting, training area and viewing stand.
A new sports pitch will be built in Sands End, Fulham, after a joint bid for funding from a local school, community group and the council was approved by the Football Foundation – the UK’s largest sports charity.
The all-weather pitch, which will be used by the school and SEAPIA, will be built across the boundary of the school and SEAPIA sites, in Marinefield Road, Fulham. Planning permission has been granted and building work is due to start early next year.
Langford Primary School is being developed as the borough’s first full service extended school as part of a government initiative to improve services for children, young people and their families. Other developments include a new community nursery, which opened at Langford this term offering affordable day care and early education for more than 50 children. This is in addition to the school’s own nursery classes.
Anne-Louise De Buriane, headteacher of Langford Primary School, said: “This is excellent news. The new pitch, which will be used during and outside school, will provide an exciting range of activities for local children and young people and further strengthen our links with the community, which are developing as part of our establishment as a full service extended school.”
Peter Lee, chief executive of the Football Foundation, welcomed this latest cash boost for London schools. He said: “Children deserve the opportunity to expand their potential, not necessarily to be the best, but simply to enjoy our nation’s favourite game. This massive funding package will go a long way to ensuring the next generation of footballers have access to some of the most modern facilities the game has to offer. Sport, particularly football, can play a huge part in encouraging healthier lifestyles, enhancing personal development and acting as an aid for learning.” More…
Lesley Schwartz, SEAPIA treasurer, said: “This is an important step forward for SEAPIA, which will enable us to greatly expand the range of facilities and activities we can offer to local families as well as further developing our close relationship with Langford Primary School.”
Cllr David Williams, deputy for education, said: “We are really excited about the contribution Langford Primary School and SEAPIA are making towards the development of activities and services for children and families in south Fulham, which also include a new all-weather pitch in Hurlingham Park and the relaunch of Sands End Community Centre with Sure Start South’s early years and family support services, Sands End Library, sports and fitness and adult education all under one roof. The new pitch in Sands End will help local young people to keep fit and enable us to further develop the sporting talent in our community.”
September 19, 2004