Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


The aim of this project is build a full size 3G pitch here at Elton High School in partnership with the Lancashire FA. Bury is a priority area for the football foundation to invest in due to there being no 3G facilities.

We want to place our school at the heart of our community offering people of all ages the opportunity to share in our facilities, this is a community project and not a school project. We believe people should vote for us to ensure that our community gets this much needed boost. It will contribute to the health and wellness of all those that use it from our 1031 students and 110 staff to the football clubs that will be partnering us with their 30 plus teams. The holiday clubs whose reach will be much bigger than the local community and the initiatives that get people moving through a love of sport.

We have had insufficient usable external sports facilities for many years and although we have extensive playing fields due to ineffective drainage and the ability to fund improvements our playing fields can only be used during the dry summer months, approximately three months of the year and are frequently waterlogged and in a poor state. Our lack of facilities has led to the school not being able to host any after school football fixtures (or other sporting events) within our community, and our children have had to withdraw from numerous events with limited opportunity to train. We have also not had the ability to establish working partnerships with local football clubs and have no league football lettings within the community.

The impact of this project being successful will be massive not only for our school and our ten football teams but also our wider local community. If we are able to secure additional funding through the Aviva Community Fund for our 3G pitch installation it would mean that with the new facility we would be able to establish new community partnerships. We have already received commitment from two of the largest junior clubs in Bury, Walshaw Sports and Ramsbottom United, who would be our main partners for the facility. They would be able to expand their leagues and develop grassroots community football by having all year round training and ultimately bringing people together through football. There will also be opportunities for the facility to be used by other agencies such as Bury FC & Community Trust who host an after school football club focusing on mental health, Bury Local Authority who run the I WILL IF YOU WILL initiative and Bury FC post 16 careers through football. In the past we have had to turn down these fantastic sessions but with our new facility we would have the capacity for them to run on a regular basis. We also see our site offering walking football sessions and also evening “pay and play”. Our students would have the opportunity to participate in more lunch time and after school activities enabling us to enter and host football fixtures and leagues and greatly increase participation for girls, boys, and students with disabilities. We would be able to host the Bury Schools Girls & Boys Football Tournament once more bringing the local schools together and the English School Football Association Cup which have in the past had to decline hosting matches due to poor facilities. During the off-peak months the 3G pitch would focus on Fitness, Rounders, Softball, Rugby, Athletics, Cross Country etc. within school whilst also hosting football holiday clubs led by our current non-affiliated partners during all school holiday periods.

The Elton High School

Moment of Pride

We are proud that we have been ranked the number one school in Bury for the last two years. We want to share our commitment of creating a stimulating and caring learning environment for all with everyone in our community and build even stronger relationships in the coming together through sport.

Location: Walshaw Road, Bury, UK


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