BUDDING young footballers are celebrating after their college has announced plans to create its first grass football pitch, thanks to a £50,000 grant from the National Lottery.
The cash from the lottery’s Sport England Olympic legacy fund should secure the future of the full-sized playing field at Derby College, Morley, for decades to come.
The Broomfield Hall campus currently has no grass pitches, forcing students to travel off-site for matches.
But now students – and pupils from neighbouring Morley Primary School – will be able to play games there.
Principal David Croll said: “We are extremely grateful to Sport England for supporting us in our bid to improve sporting facilities and create a lasting legacy for current and future students and for the local community.
Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham also welcomed the grant.
“It will really benefit the students to have a proper grass pitch and it will promote good health and physical activity to the students for many years to come,” she said.
“I know that this funding will be very gratefully received in Ilkeston, and I would like to thank Sport England for this generous grant.”
The new playing field, which will be protected and maintained for at least 25 years, is part of a planned £6.5m development at Broomfield Hall which will also provide a new sports hall and reception building.
The plans have already attracted £2m funding from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency.