The Grantham Meres Leisure Centre’s place as a major sporting venue in the region is set to be boosted by the start of two new projects.
Work will start on February 22 to replace sand-based artificial grass pitches (AGPs) to form a new 106m x 70m floodlit third generation (3G) AGP, thanks to a grant of £386,006 from the Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund.
The work coincides with another £20,000 project, funded by the Meres Leisure Centre owners South Kesteven District Council, to refurbish the leisure pool and flume area.
The council’s executive member for culture, Coun Linda Wootten said: “Both of these projects are wonderful news for Grantham and the whole area.
“Unfortunately the pool work does mean the leisure pool will close at the end of the day on Sunday, February 21 for three weeks before reopening on March 13, but the main swimming pool will remain open.
“When the work is done I am sure everyone will agree that the result will be a fantastic improvement and we have timed the project to avoid the half-term school holidays when the pool will be in great demand from so many energetic youngsters.”
The 3G AGP is funded by the Premier League, The Fooball Association, and the Government, via Sport England, through the Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.3 billion.
By providing more high quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Coun Wootten added: “We are very grateful to the Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund for making this development possible. Over the years thousands and thousands of local people will benefit from it in a range of sports and it will be a huge boost for grassroots sport in the area.”
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to South Kesteven District Council for working with the Lincolnshire County Football Associaiton to secure this Premier League and The Football Association Facilities Fund grant.
“Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 216 grants worth £12.7 million across Lincolnshire towards grassroots sports projects worth over £40 million with money generously provided by our funders: The Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, via Sport England.”