Ground Transformation ahead Team GB Football Squad Arrival
Fri 13th Jul 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
London’s Eltham College pitches have been completely overhauled by Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) in preparation of the imminent arrival of Team GB’s football squad as they prepare to take on Senegal, UAE and Uruguay.
STRI has ensured Team GB will be greeted to first class training pitches as Great Britain compete in the football competition for the first time since 1960. Eltham College will also host the other international football teams who are playing their matches at Wembley Stadium.
STRI was appointed to oversee the preparation of the pitches at Eltham in August 2011 and has improved the playing surface with irrigation, drainage and a surface renovation programme, managed by R&K Kensett Ltd. The south east London educational establishment has seen its football pitches levelled and reseeded to complement a newly refurbished College Meadow Pavilion.
Eltham College is one of eight venues throughout the UK that will benefit from a sporting legacy following the work done by Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) at all the football training facilities.
Commenting on the completion of improvement works at Eltham College Lee Penrose, Project Manager for STRI said: “The work we have undertaken on these pitches will not only give Stuart Pearce’s squad Premier League standard surfaces to train on, but will also prove a lasting legacy for the college to enjoy after the Games. They now have world class playing surfaces and these improvements will ensure the pitches remain in great condition.”
Former Olympian and current STRI non-executive board member Derek Lewin represented the Great Britain football team at the 1956 Olympics in Australia. The team trained at a local school in Melbourne on the eve of the games there and he acknowledges the legacy value of each training venue: “Educational establishments have often been utilised by Olympic teams but the standard of these training facilities has improved markedly beyond all recognition.”
Tony Timms, Eltham College Estates Manager, added: “Everyone at the college is extremely proud to host Team GB and the other teams who will use our facilities. They will be welcomed to first class training pitches following the work undertaken with STRI. In addition, following the Games, our pupils will benefit from the transformation for many years to come.”
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