The new artificial grass pitch planned for Long Stratton received a huge boost this month, thanks to a grant of more than £200,000.
The 3G pitch, which is intended as the first step of an ambitious multi-sport ‘hub’ project in the area, was awarded £216,598 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
Funded by the Premier League, the Football Association and the Government, via Sport England, this grant will add to the funding already being provided by South Norfolk Council, Long Stratton High School and Long Stratton Football Club.
Clayton Hudson, South Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for Stronger Communities and Leisure, said: “The confirmation of funding from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is excellent news for the residents of Long Stratton and the surrounding area.
“The health and well-being of our residents is a priority for the Council and this is the next step in our investment in leisure facilities across the district.
“This is a fantastic example of partners working together to provide the opportunities that our residents have been asking for.
“It’s important that we invest in the sporting facilities in the village so that they’re able to service the increased demand that growth will bring.”
In total, the full multi-sport hub project, which includes a new playing field pavilion in Manor Road and a redevelopment of the local leisure centre, is anticipated to received investments of around £2.5 million.