The Imps are celebrating the reopening of a state-of-the-art 3G multi-sport facility located at LNER Stadium in the heart of the Sincil Bank community which opened earlier this month.
The refurbishment was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation as well as capital investment from Lincoln City Football Club and is part of a wider ongoing £2m project to provide vital green space and community facilities.
The 3G will be home to many of the Lincoln City Foundation charity projects including those to improve the health and well-being of individuals in Lincoln communities, sports training and practical teaching for their BTEC and Foundation Degree (as part of the post 16 education provision and the hugely successful Football Development programme providing a progression route to compliment grassroots football through to Lincoln City Academy).
Lincoln City Foundation will also be re-launching their school term Holiday Club back at LNER Stadium after a period of closure around the works and in line with government Covid-19 restrictions.
Vicki Chapman, Head of Finance at Lincoln City Foundation and project lead for the 3G facility on behalf of the charity is looking forward to seeing the pitch back in use, “This is a great example of our charity and the Football Club working together for the benefit of the community. After months where we have needed to limit our activities to help combat the spread of the virus, our team can’t wait to be back out in the community delivering sessions to inspire individuals.”
An important project to return to the Sincil Bank area as part of the reopening is Premier League Kicks that looks to engage with young people to reduce anti-social behaviour and raise their aspirations.
Liam Scully, CEO at Lincoln City FC said “Lincoln City are thrilled to reopen our community facility at the LNER Stadium after months of hard work behind the scenes by all involved.
“With the fantastic work of our Foundation taking a priority, this will ensure that our facility plays a key role in supporting our community’s post-pandemic as so many local people will have access through the delivery of engaging activity sessions making sport and physical activity available to all.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the LNER Stadium 3G is now open to the public after receiving Football Foundation investment.
“Good quality facilities support the health of local people and communities, which is why we’re investing in projects like this across the country with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England.”