Work begins on Ilfracombe all-weather pitch

The new all weather pitch is taking shape at Ilfracombe Academy - despite the weather.

The new all weather pitch is taking shape at Ilfracombe Academy - despite the weather. - Credit: Archant

Construction begins on the new ‘third generation’ artificial pitch at Ilfracombe Academy.

WET weather has not hampered construction of a new all weather pitch at Ilfracombe Academy.

The state-of-the-art ‘third generation’ 60 by 40 metre floodlit pitch is currently being built on the site of old tennis courts in front of the school.

The £300,000 project has been led by the school, in partnership with North Devon Council and Ilfracombe Town Football Club. It was made possible with funding from the Football Foundation, Fullabrook Community Interest Company, Ilfracombe Town Council and the Academy itself.

“We are delighted that work has begun on the all-weather pitch at the academy,” said head teacher Sharon Marshall.

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“The project has a long history and it is thanks to contributions from all our partners that construction has finally begun.”

The new pitch with its ‘rubber crumb’ surface is set to have a major impact both on the school curriculum tie and with extra-curricular clubs and fixtures after school.

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The facilities will also be used by Ilfracombe Town Football Club as well as other sports clubs in the area.

Mrs Marshall said the Academy was looking forward to the difference the new pitch would make to school and community sport.

The pitch construction is also proving a boost for photography students, who are busy digitally recording its progress with still images and time lapse footage.

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