Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, officially opened a state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) for Moulton FC recently (Saturday 18 August).
Their new facility was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The grant enabled Moulton FC, who play at Step 7 in the Northamptonshire Combination League, to install a brand new FA standard full-size, floodlit 3G AGP at the club’s Brunting Road site.
Unlike some of the existing grass pitches, which cannot support back-to-back fixtures and become unusable during the winter months, Moulton FC’s new pitch is available all-year-round and will facilitate increased playing demand. The pitch has been installed with floodlights, enabling increased playing capacity thanks to it being usable in the evenings. Local teams Earls Barton FC, Kingsthorpe Jets FC, Parklands FC and Mawsley FC will all benefit from the new pitch, as well as the Northampton and Women Girls League, which will use the site as a central venue.
As the principle disability football provider in the local area, Northampton Town Football in the Community Trust also plan to use the site to deliver monthly sessions. The Trust will work in conjunction with Northamptonshire County FA’s Disability Officer to develop provision to help increase participation by people with a disability.
Moulton FC were awarded a £499,421 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project. The club worked alongside the Football Foundation and Northamptonshire County FA 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 new pitch is set to enable Moulton FC to double in size over a five year period, growing from 20 to 40 teams. This will support a predicted increase of 1,278 players at the club, which represents a growth of 376%. The most notable growth is anticipated in the 14-25 age bracket, where 738 new players in this age group will create a 1,085% increase in participation.
Significant growth in the number of female players using the site is also expected. Five new women and girls’ teams will help to create a 443% increase in participation within that demographic.
In 2009 Moulton FC received a Football Foundation grant of £590,692 towards a new clubhouse which is well managed and maintained by the club. The new pitch has been built on the same site to complement the existing clubhouse and will further help the club to attract new players.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 175 grants worth £6.7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £11.8m across the whole of Northamptonshire.