Village sport facilities to get overhaul

INVESTMENT: Frank Thompson of the Gregson Green Committee celebrating the fundraising efforts

INVESTMENT: Frank Thompson of the Gregson Green Committee celebrating the fundraising efforts

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After years of fundraising, work is set to start transforming a community sport venue.

Approximately £120,000 has been raised to increase the number of pitches at Gregson Green and to improve drainage on often water-logged pitches.

The work, expected start this summer and taking 12 months, will involve installing drainage across the site and create a new playing surface.

After the site is complete, it will be over seeded and fertilised and a new maintenance regime will be put in place to ensure the pitches are kept in top shape. Gregson Lane Cricket Club, Gregson Lane junior football club and Gregson Lane FC all use the land which only currently has one football pitch.

Chair of Gregson Lane Community Centre Jacqui Gibson said: “It is really good news.

“It will improve the open space for the sports teams but also the whole community and area.”

Money has been secured by the football and cricket clubs as well as contributions from South Ribble Borough Council and Sport England.

The Gregson Green trustees have also been successful in a bid to the Lottery Fund – Award for All small grants.

The group has secured £10,000 to provide funds to pay for the services from an expert grant application team and training for the Gregson Green volunteers.

The 99 year lease for the playing fields on Gregson Lane has also been formally registered to the Gregson Green Trustees.

Four years ago South Ribble Council spent £150,000 on a new children’s play area for the site.

Jacqui says they are also fundraising for a new hall and that this is just the drainage work is just the first step to improve the site.

She said: “This is one stage of a long term transformation project.”