Staffordshire football club Leek Town have received a massive financial boost in their project to install a new 3G pitch at Harrison Park.
The Northern Premier League outfit put forward plans to replace their current grass pitch with an artificial one last year.
Now, after working with the Football Foundation, Staffordshire FA and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, the club is set to receive more than £500,000 towards the installation.
The switch to 3G would significantly reduce the amount of maintenance the surface would need compared to its current grass turf.
It is hoped that players will be able to use an artificial pitch more regularly throughout the year.
Leek Town chairman Jon Eeles explained how the new 3G pitch will also be beneficial for the wider community.
“The announcement of this grant, comes after several years of hard work by all parties, and is a significant moment for the club and local community,” he told the club’s website.
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“The existing grass pitch has limitations in terms of usage, but a new 3G surface will greatly increase the access for new players and groups within the local community.”
Head of Service Commissioning at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Nicola Kemp, also commented on the news.
She added: “We’re delighted that our partnership approach to seeking funding for these new facilities in Leek has been successful.
“The installation of the new 3G surface represents a real step-change in the facilities available to both Leek Town and the wider Moorlands community and we very much welcome this excellent news.”
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The Football Foundation is a charity that looks to improve grassroots facilities across the country.
The body is funded by the Premier League, the FA and the UK Government.
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said he was delighted Leek Town were awarded the grant.
He said: “This grant award to Leek Town towards installing a new 3G surface is great news for the local community.
“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing.
“It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Leek Town in developing and installing a new artificial turf pitch at Harrison Park for their local community.”
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