THE Magna Learning Partnership has announced that shortly the first turf will be cut for a brand new 3G football pitch in Salisbury.

This is a project that has been planned for three years through a partnership with the FA. It is a facility that will be welcomed by schools, local clubs and organisations connected with football across the city and beyond.

Having obtained £500,000 of funding from The Football Foundation, as well as a contribution of £12,000 from Salisbury City Council, the challenge to secure the remaining £160,000 necessary has been resolved through a decision made by the Trust Board of Magna Learning Partnership to invest in the facility.

The 3G pitch itself will be sited at Sarum Academy, where a number of local football clubs already use the current facilities, but this new pitch will “transform” the opportunities for all weather training and match play.

The new pitch is expected to be completed during the next few months and in full use by January 2022. Mark Young, Football Development Manager at Wiltshire FA who has been part of the team preparing the business case for the pitch warmly welcomed today’s news.

Head of Commercial Operations at Magna Learning Partnership Andrea Crowle, said: “This will be the realisation of a football dream for our city that has been ten years in the making; it’s a bright future for rising football stars coming out of Salisbury”

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