‘World class’ pitch for Castleford

The opening of the 3G pitch at Castleford Academy
The opening of the 3G pitch at Castleford Academy

This penalty shoot out was a fitting way to launch Castleford Academy’s new state-of-the-art pitch.

The all weather, floodlit 3G facility will also be a part-time home for Castleford Town FC and White Rose FC.

Head teacher George Panayiotou said: “We are delighted to have received such a large sum of funding to help get this project off the ground. I would like to thank key staff for securing the bid. The world class facility will add real value to the school, the students and the local community.”

The pitch was officially opened by the chairman of trustees and governors Bill Clift on November 20. The celebrations also included a mini tournament.

Mr Clift said: “It was an honour and a privilege to officially open the facility at Castleford Academy. We would like to thank Steve Wells Associates who built the successful bid, The Football Association, who awarded the money, Castleford Academy for the contribution towards the match funding and to Castleford Town FC and White Rose Ladies FC for their support.”

Castleford Academy received a £375,000 cheque from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund towards the building of a new artificial grass pitch at the Ferrybridge Road school.

The money was handed over back in February 2015 when 1966 World Cup Final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst toured the existing facilities.

The new pitch was unveiled on November 20. Headteacher George Panayiotou thanked the guests and invited words from Yvette Cooper MP, Bill Clift and Lee Holmes, the head of PE.