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Football club and school Join forces for spruce up

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

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ARTISTIC pupils stepped in to help football club bosses after they were left with an interesting dilemma after being forced to axe a stand at their iconic ground.

Gresley Football Club were forced to lose one of its stands at the Moat Ground, in Church Gresley, after football regulators told them the site did not comply with new pitch regulations earlier this year.

However, rather than letting the situation become a problem, bosses at the club decided to get in touch with schools in South Derbyshire and ask for help in sprucing up the stadium in a bid to entice fans.

First to answer the call were 
youngsters from the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, who came up with a ‘unique’ idea on how to improve the look of the football stadium.

Matt Toulson, community officer at the club, told the Mail: “We work closely with the Pingle School and it was an obvious partnership with them when we wanted to decorate the wall we have named the community wall.”

Year 10 GCSE Art pupils from the Swadlincote School jumped at the chace to show off their skills and worked to produce an original piece of art on the wall left bare after the new ground regulations forced Gresley FC to extend their pitch and lose one of their iconic stands.

The wall has been empty since the stand was taken down last season and, as a result, football bosses said that the Moat Ground had “lost some of its famous atmosphere” as a result.

Mr Toulson added: “The outcome is beyond what we expected.

“The pupils and teachers worked really hard and have produced an eye catching design that reflects the heritage of both the club and the area.

“I think the fans will be very impressed with the final result.”

Sarah Taylor, head of Art at Pingle, spoke to the Mail about the role pupils played in the project.

She said: ‘The wall we were asked to paint is very big, which gave us a huge challenge, but it enabled us to include a whole range of images that are significant to the community that the school and the club serve.

“I am really proud of our pupils and their hard work but it was worth it when you see the result.”

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