A SCHOOL in Winnersh has been given the go-ahead to construct a brand new Air Dome and 3G pitch for students.

The Forest School, Robinhood Lane, Winnersh, made the announcement last week, following three years of planning and support from the school, Wokingham Borough Council, Sport England, and the Department of Education.

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The site is intended to be used by students of the school, including students training with Reading FC.

It is expected to be built over the next coming months.

The 3G pitch, meaning third generation, consists of high grade synthetic turf, sand infills and rubber infills, similar to astroturf.

Forest School Headteacher, Shirley Austin said, “We are absolutely delighted to have begun work on the Dome construction.

"It’s going to be such a great asset to the school, to Reading Football Club Academy players and to our local community.

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"It’s been an incredibly complex project to put together, but now we’ve started we can’t wait to see it take shape.

"Since coming here 3 years ago we have achieved so much, this project will give our students another excellent learning environment.

"We anticipate the new football dome will be completed by late October."