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New artificial pitch at Simon Langton get’s underway

Work to lay Canterbury’s first floodlit Synthetic Turf Rugby and Football Pitch (STP) is underway at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. Approved by both the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Football Association (FA), the pitch will be the first in the world to use the industry’s most up to date turf technology.
Made of a new polyethylene, the turf makes sliding and tackling safer without compromising the durability of the pitch itself. It also improves gameplay by aiding aspects of the game like ball bounce, ball roll speed and shock absorption.
More Sport Canterbury is directing the pitch, having taken close to £30,000 in donations from the Chaucer Foundation and sponsorship from motor insurer, Chaucer Direct. Work began on June 24th and the project is due to be completed in September. Once finished the pitch will be available to charities, schools, universities and clubs and will be a focal point for sport in East Kent.

Fijian rugby international fly-half Nicky Little, who is supporting the project, said
‘It’s going to be a great asset to Kent’s development and will encourage people to get involved in more sports, maybe those they haven’t tried before. I think it will facilitate a wider sporting community, covering a range of different disciplines. I’m excited to see its impact on the younger generations in the region.’

Stuart Dickinson, Trustee of the Chaucer Foundation said
‘The Chaucer Foundation is proud to support the More Sport Canterbury project; it will undoubtedly encourage and inspire a generation of local children from all backgrounds to get involved in sport. At The Chaucer Foundation we aim to make a real difference in our local communities and to inspire greater volunteer contribution toward improving disadvantaged lives; More Sport Canterbury is an ideal partner for us.’

Mr. Darren Watson, Director of Sport at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys said
‘This investment by the Chaucer Foundation is excellent news. The school and club have an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future. We are so grateful to all those who have supported this project and we are delighted with its success. The STP adds to the many facilities we already offer to the community of East Kent and we look forward to providing an even greater variety in the future.’

August 5, 2014


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