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Focus On Youth In Park Barn And Westborough As New All-weather Pitch Is Unveiled At Kings College

Published on: 13 May, 2019
Updated on: 15 May, 2019

The new all-weather sports pitch at Kings College in Park Barn was officially unveiled on Saturday (May 11) at a fun community event.

Assisted by some young footballers, the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Marsha Moseley, cuts a ribbon to officially unveil the new all-weather sports pitch at Kings College, Park Barn.

The 3G type pitch, featuring long synthetic grass with a shock-absorbent rubber ‘crumb’ has been jointly funded by The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, that has contributed more than £346,000, with Guildford Borough Council pledging £120,000 and £80,000 from the Guildford Education Partnership, the education trust of which Kings College is a member.

Young footballers and their coaches, along with representatives from Guildford Borough Council, Kings College, at the unveiling of the new all-weather sports pitch in Park Barn.

It will be used by the secondary school in the daytime and available for community, club and private hire in the evenings and weekends.

Some of the main users out of school hours will be young footballers from Guildford Saints, Worplesdon Rangers and Woking Football in the Community.

Boys and girls from the clubs were at the event enjoying a kick about on the new pitch.

The principal of Kings College, Alastair McKenzie, at the unveiling.

After a speech about the pitch and football at the school and in the community by the principal of Kings College, Alastair McKenzie, a ribbon was cut by the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Marsha Moseley, assisted by some of the young footballers.

During the afternoon on the school field next to the new pitch area were fun and games for young people, free refreshments and music from the Park Barn-based Rhythm of Life Community Choir.

Music from the Park Barn-based Rhythm of Life Community Choir. The afternoon threatened showers, but it stayed dry for the fun community event.

The new pitch is an added bonus for the school that was judged ‘Good’ in its latest Ofsted report in September 2018. The inspectors’ report noted: “Rapid school improvement,” “pupils learn well because of the consistently effective teaching they experience,” and “pupils now make strong progress across a range of subjects”.

Guildford Borough Council continues its focus on young people in Westborough and Park Barn with plans to upgrade play areas at Chapelhouse, off Woodside Road and Derby Road, and next to Kings College.

Residents are now being invited to have their say on what new play equipment they would like to see along with landscaping and features within each play area.

Guildford Borough Council’s parks and leisure team, Playrangers and its community wellbeing team are visiting schools and community groups to make sure everyone can have their say.

An online survey is open now and runs until May 30.

Visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Westboroughplayareas to have your say.

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test One Response to Focus On Youth In Park Barn And Westborough As New All-weather Pitch Is Unveiled At Kings College

  1. Rainee Wornham Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 10:31 am

    How lovely for them to have such funds spent on them! However Stoughton recreation ground desperately needs funds! Have the elected councillors been down there and seen the dangerous state the area nearest the basketball court is? So many missing pieces and hooks for nets covered up with black tape everywhere.

    That part should be closed off for the safety of our children! The little children’s play area again missing parts a wooden board screwed down over part of equipment and underneath tripping hazards such as two hooks in the ground, covered with black tape yet again!

    But despite promises that got broken again and again (by councillors) Stoughton Recreation Ground and its children have been left behind for the Park Barn area! It is becoming very clear to a lot of people that our children just don’t count! And our beautiful but very badly maintained recreation ground gets kicked to the kerb again. How many more years must they wait?

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