Pitch perfect boost for Preston youth football club

Preston's next generation of football stars stand to benefit from a major funding boost to improve their pitches as part of a council scheme.

Friday, 25th May 2018, 2:42 pm
Updated Friday, 25th May 2018, 2:54 pm
Conway Park

City council bosses will discuss proposals for a £140k set of drainage works at Conway and Sherwood Parks.

Cadley FC – Preston’s largest junior football club – uses Conway Park as its home venue but the pitches have fallen foul of “changeable wet weather conditions”, according to a council report.

If backed by the ruling cabinet on Wednesday, the proposals would see the council accept £100,000 of funding from the Football Foundation and supplement it with £20k of council cash along with £20k raised by the football club.

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The total would be split between the two parks, £65k and £55k respectively, with £20k reserved to purchase a maintenance equipment tractor.

The club was granted a licence last year to establish four pitches on Sherwood Park.

The council report reads: “The current drainage system on site is not suitable for playing pitches and cannot cope with the changeable wet weather conditions in Preston. It is in need of enhancement to ensure that a safe and high valued facility remains in the area as is identified within the Central Lancashire Play, Pitch and Open Spaces Strategy.”

The bid has “in principal support” from Lancashire FA, the report adds, with Cadley FC now boasting more than 400 players.