Wreake Valley Academy

Leicestershire, UK

Date Project Completed: March 2016
Area: 7000sqm

Surface: Atomic Pro 60
Base construction:

A new pitch installed at a secondary school in Leicestershire has not only improved its sporting prospects, but has also boosted other areas of school life.

Weighed down by an old redgra surface that was unsafe for students, viable options for sports at Wreake Valley Academy had become limited. What’s more, with the surrounding fields prone to flooding and PE lessons increasingly forced indoors, a brand new facility was in order. 

Taking into account the huge demand for an all-weather football pitch within the community, the school was deemed suitable for funding from the Football Foundation, and TigerTurf was chosen to deliver the project alongside its framework partners, McArdle Sport Tec.

Once complete, the new Atomic Pro 60 surface had an instant impact: helping the school to hold more PE lessons outdoors, improving behaviour within school during lunchtimes, and bringing staff closer together through weekly football matches against sixth formers.

After school usage saw a similarly instantaneous boost. As well as two partner clubs using the facility, the school also began to see a variety of bookings from 5-9pm throughout the week from local schools and clubs – creating a new revenue stream it hadn’t benefitted from previously.

Ian Harrison, Football Development Officer at Wreake Valley, commented: “The new 3G pitch is a great resource for the school to have and has had a major impact on a variety of areas, from our sports curriculum to how the students behave at lunchtimes.

“There has also been a significant income from the new pitch, which is used seven days a week, but it does a lot more than generate revenue. So many young footballers remember Wreake for the new pitch, making the school a much more appealing prospect when they get older thanks to the fantastic facilities available here.”