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WORK STARTS ON NEW £1MILLION FOOTBALL PITCH AT COWES ENTERPRISE COLLEGE

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L-R:, Cllr Paul Brading, James Miller (OAT), Rachel Kitley (CEC), Cllr Dave Stewart and Luke Bowers (OAT)

Building work has started on a brand new £1million artificial football pitch at Cowes Enterprise College.

The development of the floodlit 3G pitch is being made possible thanks to a £448,815 grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation. The Isle of Wight Council has also invested £412,000 into the development of the state-of-the-art facility for the Island.

The new facility will be open to the community in the evenings and at weekends, as well as the school’s pupils during the day, starting from the new academic year in September. The pitch provides an excellent addition to the already well used sports amenities at Cowes and will enhance the sport and physical activity curriculum of the college through its partnerships with local primary schools and Island sports events.

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In addition to the funding from the Football Foundation, the £1million project has received support through a partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and its sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) to bring the new facility to the high-performing school and to the Island.

Rachel Kitley, Principal of Cowes Enterprise College, said:

“We are so excited that work is underway on what will be an amazing facility when complete. It’s the latest step in Cowes Enterprise College’s ongoing success story – but I am also delighted that this will be a facility that the whole community will be able to take advantage of.

“We are a school that is incredibly proud to serve its community and I really do want everyone to make use of this fantastic new 3G pitch.”

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for education, said:

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“I can’t wait to see the facility complete and in use. It’s a brilliant initiative that the whole Island will be able to use. We have some exceptional footballing talent on the Island; and this project will give our future sports stars the opportunity to train on an exceptional pitch.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“The news that works have officially begun on Cowes Enterprise College’s brand-new facility will undoubtedly provide a boost for grassroots sport in the Isle of Wight. Funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, is playing a vital role in making the project a reality.

“Thanks to their investment, Cowes Enterprise College is one of many schools and organisations across England set to benefit from a state-of-the-art new facility – in this case, a 3G pitch.  These facilities not only act as excellent physical and social outlets for communities, but also provide new jobs – during construction and in the years to come, with people needed to support sites in delivering safe and positive environments for any user.”

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bob stone
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bob stone

lmao can afford this, but not decent work books

Jack
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Jack

The school isn’t actually paying for it

Oakley
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Oakley

True

Babs
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Babs

So this is one of the reasons our council tax is increasing so much is it ?

Peter
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Peter

Terrible decision to locate in Cowes. Transport from where most of the iow population
Resides is problematic. Similar to the cricket academy at Ventnor.
Most activities and centres should be in the Wooton area so accessible to most and to those
Especially single parent families to whom a trek to Cowes is just unviable.
Therefore creating elitism, limiting usage, and another white elephant.
What is wrong with all of you decision makers perhaps the cost and time is irrelevant , as you can afford. These facilities must be put where transportation is quick and available and cheap, subsidised even! I am left incredulous!
Thoughtless, crass, and beyond belief.

NSR
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NSR

Agree with Jack – article says half the money is from Premier League and FA which surely has plenty of surplus money… really glad to hear that some of it is being spent on infrastructure for Island children.

The Council has invested the rest and it sounds like it can be booked and used by anyone from the Island. Work books would come from the school’s budget I’d have thought.

From what I understand, it won’t require the same upkeep costs on a site which used to become waterlogged, and can be used by everyone on the Island all through the year. Surely it is a positive resource for the Island, and excellent that a school / children to benefit from it as well? Why should it not be located in a school where the pupils can also directly benefit? Usually the complaints are that school sports playing fields are sold off for housing… the complaints here seem to be that a school is benefitting from additional modern sports facilities in line with resources on the mainland.

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