£1.5m bid by Welwyn Pegasus and Monk's Walk School

PUBLISHED: 17:29 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009

A SCHOOL and a youth football club have teamed up for a £1.5m bid to install state-of-the-art facilities. Monk s Walk School in WGC and Welwyn Pegasus have applied to the FA for funding to build a revolutionary

A SCHOOL and a youth football club have teamed up for a £1.5m bid to install state-of-the-art facilities.

Monk's Walk School in WGC and Welwyn Pegasus have applied to the FA for funding to build a revolutionary artificial pitch and changing facilities.

The pitch would involve a '3G' surface - a fully synthetic grass-like carpet, filled with sand and rubber to make it as natural and realistic as possible.

As well as a full-size pitch, a suite of changing rooms and coach education/seminar rooms at the Knightsfield school, the bid will focus on player development and enhancing the provision for girls' football and sport for the disabled in the area.

School headteacher Philip Bunn said: "The school has a growing reputation for sporting excellence and this project will provide us with the facilities to match this reputation.

"We have a very positive relationship with Welwyn Pegasus, and this will enable us to strengthen these links further.

"This is as much about collaboration, partnership and support for the community as it is providing a much-needed sporting facility.

"The bid's focus on promoting and developing girls' football and sport for the disabled, and on coach/referee education in particular, demonstrates this bid goes much further than simply providing a new pitch."

Pegasus chairman Alan Gibbs said the joint project made sense.

He said: "We are a successful and growing club, and as well as this facility providing us with a home base for our teams, there are benefits for the school and local community as well."

A decision on funding is expected to be made by the FA later this year.

Both the school and club are also raising their own contributions to the scheme.

* Welwyn Pegasus are on the lookout for players for their under 13, 14, 15 and girls teams for next season.

Call Mr Gibbs on 07787 137825 if you're interested.

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