Premier League footballer opens new 3G pitch at Denefield School

Published: 17 February 2022

A new full size 3G playing pitch at Denefield School in Tilehurst was officially opened by Shandon Baptiste, a first team regular for Premier League side Brentford and an alumni of Denefield School.

The Third Generation (3G) synthetic pitch cost £730,000 and has been up and running since November. As well as being used daily by the school it has also become home to two partner football clubs, Westwood Wanderers and Barton Rovers at evenings and weekends.

The project was supported financially by a number of organisations including £150,000 from West Berkshire Council using cash from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - which uses income from developers to benefit communities.

Howard Woollaston, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said,

"Leisure is a key priority for us and we are very pleased to have been able to support this project. This facility forms part of the Council's overall Playing Pitch Strategy and it's great to see students and partner clubs already using the pitch and we look forward to seeing many more enjoying it."

You can read more about the new 3G pitch on West Berkshire Council's website