Seashell Trust has secured funds to build a state of the art, fully accessible football facility
that will open the game up to every ability. Located in Cheadle Hulme near Stockport, the
new football pitch will benefit the disabled children and young people who live and study on
site, as well as players at all levels across the region.
This exciting project will move Seashell Trust further towards its aspiration to be a national
centre of excellence for inclusive sports. According to Sport England, disabled people are
less than half as likely to take part in sport than non disabled people, a situation the charity is
committed to helping change.
The new facilities have pre-approved planning permission and will open in late 2017. They
will include a full-size, all weather third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch, which can be
split into two 9v9 and four 5v5 pitches, two changing rooms and ancillary facilities.
The project will go ahead thanks to a £500,000 grant from the Premier League and The FA
Facilities Fund, together with £300,000 of match funding from PZ Cussons.
With a residential school and college on the same site and links to disabled football teams,
the new football hub will provide opportunities for many disabled children and adults to play
football regularly. In addition, the facility will be open to the local community and main
partner club, Cheadle and Gatley FC will use it for 30 of their teams.
Mark Geraghty, Chief Executive and Principal of Seashell Trust said:
“This generous grant means that Seashell Trust can deliver first class sports facilities that are accessible to all,
enhancing the daily lives of our young people as well as benefiting the wider community. It
takes us great strides towards our aspiration to become a centre of excellence for inclusive
“Our thanks go to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, P Z Cussons and all those
who have supported us in this project. We look forward to working with partners including
Cheadle and Gatley FC, encouraging more people to get involved with football, whatever
their level of ability.”
Seashell Trust is a national charity supporting children and young adults with complex
learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. The
organisation provides education and care for those aged between two and twenty five years
at its outstanding residential school and college and through short breaks services.