Grantham’s Meres nets money for new pitch from Premier League and the FA

Grant funding has now been awarded for new 3G pitch at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.
Grant funding has now been awarded for new 3G pitch at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.
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SKDC has secured grant funding for a new outdoor pitch at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre to replace its current sand based surface.

The council has been awarded £396,006 for the new 3G synthetic facility by the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, to provide a full size football pitch capable of hosting numerous sports and a space for general outdoor fitness.

Subject to planning permission being approved, the floodlit 97m by 61m pitch should be ready for use in 2016.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for arts, leisure and culture, Coun Linda Wootten, said: “This is fantastic news for thousands of people in Grantham, South Kesteven and Lincolnshire who will benefit from this new softer multi-use pitch that can be used in all weathers.

“It will offer a great new facility for local sports clubs, schools and individuals and firmly keep the Meres on the sporting map in the county, building on our reputation as a host for local winter and summer games school festivals.

“It will mean the centre can now boast even better facilities, following the £600,000 investment at the centre in the summer.”

The 3G artificial turf is made up of a thin base layer of sand and an infill of rubber crumb that has developed as one of the most popular outdoor sports surfaces across the UK.