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Peter Worth and 'John Sullivan of Long Sutton Hockey Club
Peter Worth and 'John Sullivan of Long Sutton Hockey Club

Grants and donations have raised £16,000 for new floodlights to be installed at Long Sutton’s main sports centre.

As well as reducing the costs of having them switched on for events at Peele Leisure Centre, the upgrade means a 25 per cent improvement.

They were installed last week by Christy Floodlighting Ltd who had also put in the original lights 20 years ago.

Grants came from Grange Wind Farm (£5,000) and Sutton Bridge Power Fund (£2,000) while Long Sutton Hockey Club contributed “a substantial amount” with the rest coming from a couple of anonymous donors.

Peter Worth, chairman of Long Sutton Community Sports Association which runs the all-weather pitch, said: “The lights are more powerful with an improvement of about 25 per cent.

“We are very appreciative for the grants and financial support which are important to us.

“Bookings are going very well with the pitch being used every evening.

“At weekends over the winter, the hockey club are our main users but we’ve also got organisations such as Soccersixes who come here.

“The next part of this project is the upgrade of the all-weather pitch.

“We had some quotes but they have now run out of time so we will need to get fresh ones.

“We had also been offered £30,000 by the National Hockey Foundation and we will need to reapply.

“We will be looking to get a new pitch laid at the end of next season.

“So ideally we would want it up and running for June and July next year.”

Peele Community College also has free use of the pitch during the daytime.

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