Wales High all-weather pitch gets go-ahead by Rotherham Council

Wales High all-weather pitch gets go-ahead by Rotherham Council

By Admin | 31/05/2022

Wales High all-weather pitch gets go-ahead by Rotherham Council


UNANIMOUS approval from councillors greeted a school’s plans for an all-weather football pitch to benefit pupils and the community.

Work will begin soon on the 3G facility at Wales High after it was given the green light by RMBC’s planning board.

The position of the proposed pitch was shifted after concerns from residents, who have been reassured that the impact of new floodlights will not be significant.

Planning board member Cllr Stuart Sansome said: “I think it’s a great idea. I have been able to use a similar facility at Dearne Valley College during the shutdowns and restrictions.

“This is not just the opportunity for kids during the day but for people after school to mix and keep fit, and keep them away from places that they don’t want to be.”

Cllr Eve Rose Keenan added: “I fully welcome this initiative, as a keen football player and football fanatic.

“I also am very pleased that it’s moved. In moving, it’s protecting the small wooded area.”

There were questions from councillors about the lights being allowed on until 10pm.

But Chris Wilkins, senior development officer at the council, said: “Floodlights these days are much better because they are angled and screened. In the old days, the spillover used to be significant.”

Board chairman Cllr Alan Atkin added: “I live 100 yards from Wath Academy and the road next to it is still dark when their lights are on.

“They are really good these days. You don’t see them.”

Wales High head teacher Pepe Di’Iasio (pictured, above) said after: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm that following the granting of planning permission, work is expected to start very soon to deliver a new, state of the art, all-weather full-size football pitch at Wales High School which will provide world class facilities for our students and our surrounding communities.

“This exciting development will enable us to widen participation in sport and physical activity as well as supporting the associated benefits to mental wellbeing.

“This significant investment, supported by the Football Foundation, will deliver lasting benefits for many years to come.”

Cllr Dominic Beck, chair of governors, added: “This is great news for current and future students at Wales High School, great news for local clubs who will take advantage of the all year round provision, and great news for our wider community who will all benefit from the first rate facilities.”