People living in Moss Side are set to benefit from significant investment into local football after Manchester Academy was awarded a six-figure grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their current sports facilities.
A grant of £348,000 has been secured by the Football Foundation and the Manchester FA to refurbish the school’s existing 3G pitch and to completely upgrade the facility, which will continue the Academy’s ongoing improvement.
The refurbishment will enable Manchester Academy to continue to provide a top-quality environment for their students to develop their football and sports skills in PE lessons and after school clubs. Local residents and sports teams will also have the opportunity to hire the world-class facilities outside of school hours.
James Eldon, Principal at Manchester Academy, said: “We are massively grateful to the Football Foundation for investing in Moss Side through their generous contribution to our sports facilities. Our new football centre will enable us to provide a top-class sporting education for our students. “Many of our students are passionate about sport and we recognise the impact such amazing facilities can achieve. We can’t wait for the project to be completed so that Moss Side and Rusholme can 'Make Manchester Magic' in the heart of our community.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to Manchester Academy is great news for the local community.
“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Manchester Academy in developing their 3G pitch for their local community.
“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – support facility development projects like this across the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches.”
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.