New Kings College 3G pitch takes a step closer to being completed

The development of the new state-of-the-art third generation (3G) facilities at Kings College took another step towards completion after the removal of the old astroturf pitch.

The much-anticipated project will see the installation of a full-size, all-weather, floodlit pitch, and new spectator area that can be used for Kings College School in the daytime and community, club and private hire in the evenings and weekends.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Wellbeing and Project Aspire, says: "It is great to see the project progressing so quickly. The new pitch will deliver a first class facility that will give fantastic sporting opportunities to the school and the community to participate, learn and develop new sporting skills. We are really excited about the opening of the pitch and to see the new opportunities it will bring to the area."

The new facilities represent an important addition to the school, providing first class facilities for school sports.

Alastair McKenzie, Principal of Kings College comments: "We are pleased to be able to offer our students such excellent facilities. With so many enthusiastic and talented footballers within the school, we look forward to being able to support their sporting development. Kings has always been a community school and it is heartening to be able to provide an elite venue for local people to use and enjoy."

The new pitch will also provide a new venue for our partnership clubs, Guildford Saints, Worplesdon Rangers and Woking Football in the Community, to host club training, matches, community football programmes and holiday activities for juniors and seniors for both women and men's football.

Chris Sexton, Woking Football in the Community Senior Football Development Coach and Coach Mentor adds: "This facility will enable us to deliver our community work in the Guildford area, providing local residents with activities, which will support us in our aim to create opportunities for all."

Currently being built in the heart of the community, the new pitch will serve the school, local clubs and the local community, increasing participation in physical activity. The football development plan for the facilities will deliver both club and grassroots community football for all ages and abilities.

A spokesperson from Guildford Saints Football Club says: "This is a terrific project, not just for Kings College, but also for the community that the school serves in Guildford. We at Guildford Saints are very excited about being a foundation partner for this state-of-the-art facility. At Guildford Saints, we have 27 teams of girls and boys, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years and we strive to provide a platform for everyone to develop themselves as both footballers and as people, through our professional and highly qualified volunteer coaches. To do that, we need top class facilities like this one to meet our current capacity demands."

The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund have contributed over £346,000 towards the new facility, with match funding of £120,000 from Guildford Borough Council and £80,000 from the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP).

The new pitch is set to officially open on 11 May at a community opening event to be held at Kings College. The community open event is free for all the public to attend and will host a range of free, family, fun activities for all ages and abilities. People will be able to see the completed pitch and find out more about the programme of activities available.

Published on Thursday 21 March.