All weather pitch at Ilfracombe Academy given go ahead
FULL approval has been given for an all-weather pitch at Ilfracombe Academy.
The 60 by 40 metre artificial pitch will replace the school's existing hard court, and will include six floodlights.
It will be paid for by £316,000 of funding. More than £200,000 of this has been secured from the Football Association along with £20,000 from Ilfracombe Academy.
Additional funding will come from Devon County Council (£19,000, £10,000 of which is Investing in Devon funding), Ilfracombe Town Council (£5,000), Town and Parish funding (£12,000), Ilfracombe Town Football Club (£4,000) and North Devon Council (£25,000 of Section 106 funding).
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Head teacher Sharon Marshall said everyone was delighted that permission had been granted for the pitch.
She said: "It was great to hear this at the end of a summer break, which has been characterised by exciting news for us as a school with our best GCSE, AS and A level headlines ever all in one year.
"It is fantastic for the school and the wider community to see continued improvement in our results, going hand in hand with substantial improvement to the facilities.
"We are returning to school proud of, and grateful for, all the hard work our staff and community have invested in the school."