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William De Ferrers School, Chelmsford

William De Ferrers School, Chelmsford

The Project

A grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund allowed joint use partners Chelmsford City Council and the William De Ferrers School to undertake a full refurbishment of their artificial grass sports pitch. The School and City Council also contributed funding to the project, which was procured through the Artificial Grass Pitch Framework.Thornton Sports were delighted to be appointed to refurbish the facility, having previously resurfaced the pitch over 12 years ago with our Stadium 25 sand-filled surface. Prior to works taking place an independent survey of the former pitch by specialist artificial turf pitch design consultants Surfacing Standards Ltd remarked that “the level of wear is impressive with an artificial turf of this age”, indicating the longevity of our surfaces.

The Product

Prior to installation of the new surface, major remedial repairs were carried out to the original macadam sub-base layer of the pitch, to ensure compliance with strict performance tolerances. Our SoccerTurf™ 50M 3G surface was then installed, in addition to newperimeter fencing, sports equipment and floodlighting improvements.

The Client

Former England International Terry Butcher cut the ribbon on the new facility then enjoyed a Q&A session with the school pupils before witnessing them being put through their paces in a series of training exercises. The facility will be used by the School during the daytime and local users and clubs in the evenings and weekends when the South Woodham

Ferrers Leisure Centre is in operation. Usage will focus on younger player development and Key Partner Clubs, identified in conjunction with the Essex County FA, will have dedicated training evenings. Demand for the facility has been extremely high, but will still include various small-sided leagues and casual use.

Former England Captain, Terry Butcher, said: “It’s wonderful to see the work that The FA is doing to boost football at grassroots level through the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This pitch is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. Providing first-class facilities like this, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people who already play grassroots football regularly and attract new players to enjoy the game.”


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