Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell officially opened a state-of-the-art new sports pitch at the University of Sussex on Wednesday.
Albion’s women’s first-team train on the grass pitches at the university’s Falmer campus, and Powell spoke about the benefits which the pitch will bring to both the club and local community as a whole.
She said, “The relationship between the football club and the University is long-standing.
“It’s an absolute privilege for the women’s team to be able to use the facilities in collaboration with the university.
“It’s quite challenging for sports clubs. There aren’t enough pitches, so to have an additional pitch for community use, and certainly for the women if we need it, is fantastic.
“And for us as Brighton it’s a real honour for us to be part of this collaboration.”
Sussex University head of sport Simon Tunley also hopes the pitch can benefit the local community as a whole, and branch out to other clubs in the area.
“We welcome many members of the wider community who regularly use the sports facilities at Sussex, and the new pitch represents an opportunity to extend and build on the valuable links we have with local sports clubs.”
The new surface has already been put to good use: the University’s men’s rugby team were training on it as the opening ceremony took place, and the men’s football team took to the field later the same day to play their match in the Varsity series against the University of Brighton.