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The Mayor of Enfield, Cllr. Christine Hamilton, unveils the new all-weather pitch at Enfield Playing Fields

Three new playing surfaces unveiled across Middlesex

In a bumper week for facility investment in Middlesex, three sites unveiled new playing facilities across the County.
In a bumper week for facility investment in Middlesex, three sites unveiled new playing facilities thanks to support from Middlesex FA and funding from the Football Foundation. 

On Monday 20th November, Cllr. Christine Hamilton, Mayor of Enfield, was joined by Cllr. Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, and Cllr. Ayfer Orhan, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, to officially open a new artificial pitch at Enfield Playing Fields.

The pitch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 

The grant has enabled Enfield Council to replace one of their 16 existing full-size grass pitches with a state-of-the-art floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). This joins the 15 other full-size grass pitches; six youth pitches; four 9v9 pitches; four 7v7 pitches and five rugby pitches. 

The 3G AGP will be used by the Council’s partner club, Enfield Town FC, as well as local schools and other grassroots football clubs in the area.

College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

Ledley King unveils the new all-weather pitch at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

Following this, on Wednesday 22nd November, Tottenham Hotspur FC Ambassador Ledley King officially opened a state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) for the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

Like the pitch at Enfield Playing Fields, CONEL’s development was made possible thanks to a grant from the Football Foundation. 

The grant has enabled the College to replace an existing grass pitch, which was no longer able to support the level of usage, with a floodlit artificial pitch, including a spectator area. 

CONEL worked alongside the Middlesex FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

The College and its partner club plan to establish 14 brand new teams, thanks to the new 3G AGP. This supports an expected 327% boost in football participation across all ages at the site. The College hopes to introduce a new Under-21 girls’ side, increasing female participation across all sports by 175% at the new facility.  

Hadley Wood Sports Trust

Geoff Shreeves, Harry Winks and Alan Smith unveil the brand new all-weather pitch at Hadley Wood

On Thursday 23rd November, Geoff Shreeves, Sky Sports presenter, was joined by former England and Arsenal FC striker, Alan Smith, and Tottenham Hotspur FC midfielder, Harry Winks, to officially open a state-of-the-art artificial pitch for Hadley Wood Sports Trust.

The new facility was made possible by a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 

The funding has enabled the Trust to replace an existing grass pitch at their site with a brand new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). This new 3G AGP is helping to address the high levels of demand for artificial surfaces in the local area. It will benefit the Trust’s partner clubs Hadley Wood and Wingate Youth FC, Wingate and Finchley FC and Omonia Youth FC.

Hadley Wood Sports Trust worked alongside the Middlesex FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation. Many of the partner clubs are expected to create new teams which will use the facility with Wingate and Finchley FC hoping to re-establish their ladies team and start a new disability team.

Harry Winks, Tottenham Hotspur FC midfielder, said: “This new pitch is obviously going to have a great effect on the amount and quality of football played here. Local grassroots clubs are really lucky to get access to this! I’ve played on some great surfaces, so I know what a difference this can make to your game. I’m so pleased to see money from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund being used to deliver facilities like this.”

You can read the full articles from each of the site openings below: 

 
 

For more information on facility funding, see our facilities page. 

 

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