March 18, 2019
Bolton Council has granted planning consent to Kearsley Academy for the provision of a new 3G pitch, for both academy and community use
Kearsley Academy, sponsored by Northern Education Trust, has been successful in its application to install a floodlit artificial grass pitch to the south west of the school building, along with a natural grass sports field adjacent to the new 3G (3rd generation) pitch. Bolton Council has also proposed a grant of £700,000 towards the provision of the new facility, commenting that the “enhanced playing field provision will provide pupils and the wider community with new facilities which are much needed”.
The 3G pitch will mainly be used for football, and the grass field can be used for multiple sports such as cricket, athletics, rugby, football and rounders. The pitches have been welcomed by the academy and the community, providing a much-needed facility to enable students to take part in a variety of sports, develop their teamwork skills, and encourage a healthy lifestyle, as well as strengthening community cohesion and spirit.
The local community will be able to use the floodlit pitches outside school hours, and Sport England commented that the development “fully secures sport related benefits for the local community. The supporting information includes a Community Use Agreement which is welcomed”.
To ensure the the living conditions of the residential properties closest to the academy site are not compromised, the lighting will be permanently switched off between the hours of 21.00 and 09.00 Monday to Friday, between the hours of 18.00 and 09.00 on Saturday and between the hours of 17.00 and 09.00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
As outcomes for students are the priority of Northern Education Trust, the schedule for the construction of the new pitch will be planned to take into consideration the Year 11 exam period, with heavy work progressing once this key part of the year has been concluded.
A spokesman for Northern Education Trust said “we are delighted that Kearsley Academy will be able to provide this new facility, which will meet the needs of students as well as providing access for the community and local sports teams. The health and well-being of our students is a prime concern for us, as is having a positive effect on the communities in which our schools are located. We look forward to the positive benefits these pitches will bring”.