Leverington Sports FC’s 3G pitch plans progressing well
A Fenland football club’s ambitious plans for a 3G pitch are progressing with news a contractor has been chosen for the £500,000 project.
Fundraising also continues towards Leverington Sports FC’s portion of the cost of the scheme, which is being largely funded by the Football Foundation.
Matthew Warren, the club’s vice-chairman, who is aiming to raise around £25,000 towards the club’s £150,000 target by completing one of the toughest ultra running races in the UK this autumn, said they have also confirmed the first instalment of £10,000 towards the design cost of the scheme.
He said: “Cambridgeshire Football Association has chosen the company to build the pitch and so it will now go to the planning stage. The hope is start building work in January 2022 with the pitch open for use by April next year.”
The aim is to instal a floodlit 3G 9 v 9 artificial grass pitch at the club’s site in Church Road which will not only be available for its own teams to use but will be open for other groups and clubs too.
Matthew has so far raised £7,000 towards his £25,000 goal and is hoping that donations will continue to roll in up until he undertakes the 200 mile non-stop 55 hour tunnel run in Bath in September.
It will see him running laps of the one-mile underground course with the same song playing loudly over and over again. He completed his first race of the year running 48 miles along the Peddars Way in seven hours and 21 minutes as part of his training recently.
And Matthew was delighted to average 9.12 minutes per mile for the run in which he finished in sixth place out of 109 competitors.
Meanwhile each of the club’s 18 teams have been set a fundraising target of around £2,000 each and the under nines, managed by Mikey Watts, and Matthew’s twin brother James, have already raised a large portion of their contribution with players completing a sponsored bike ride last summer.
Their efforts saw them raise £1,450.
Donations have also come in from Nestlé Purina and Wisbech Rotary Club who have each donated £1,000 following an appeal for sponsorship from local groups and businesses published in the Citizen at the end of last month. Anyone interested in sponsoring Matthew can do so by visiting his gofundme page: gofundme.com/Leverington-community-3G-pitch
Alternatively to support the scheme contact Matthew either via email: email@example.com or call him on 07870646174.