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Anglesey's Massive Boost To 'Grass Roots' Sport

posted Feb 4, 2016, 12:33 AM by Caroline Dansey   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 12:36 AM ]
Nigel Clough, Manager of Burton Albion FC and former England international footballer, has officially opened Anglesey Primary Academy’s new £236,000 (3G) artificial grass pitch at a special ceremony in the Staffordshire town.

The development of the site provides increased opportunities for pupils, staff and the local community to play football at a high quality venue on their doorstep. The school worked in partnership with the Staffordshire County FA to secure a £140,500 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Staffordshire County Council contributed £85,000 to the project and the school £10,500.

Charlotte Hopkins, Head Teacher at Anglesey Primary Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how this facility has transformed our lunchtimes, after school clubs and PE lessons. ‘’The weather does not stop PE lessons here anymore, ensuring that the children are getting healthier and increasing their skills. We have already seen an increase in the number of children from all different backgrounds taking part in the football lessons we provide.’’

Anglesey Primary celebrated a double success as in the same week Ofsted confirmed it a 'good school' exactly two years after placing it in 'special measures.'

Congratulations at the double, Anglesey. Winners at work and at play!

Pictured left to right are: Ben Robinson, Chairman of Burton Albion FC; Nigel Clough; Janet Eagland, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council and Charlotte Hopkins.