A joint application from East Riding Leisure Haltemprice and King George V Trust has been awarded £45,950 funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.
The funding has been awarded towards the facility improvements at King George V Cottingham. The works will involve the resurfacing of a 45m x 35m 3G Sports pitch; drilling of drainage holes in the existing tarmac to improve the water runoff; provision of a shock pad; and supply of a 40mm fibrillated 3G carpet with line markings including sand and rubber infill.
The new resurfaced 3G area pitch will provide a much needed facility for the local sports teams in the Cottingham Area, as existing facilities are oversubscribed and teams often have to travel several miles for winter training. During match days there are not enough pitches for games. The improved facilities will also support the provision of wider community activities, such as Twilight Football.
Alicia Mail, Director of the KGV Cottingham Trust, said, "We are absolutely delighted to receive this award - it will mean so much to Cottingham Sports pavilion and to East Riding Rangers, the home football club, and indeed other sports clubs and individuals, including our local village schools and user groups.
"The multisport area on KGV Cottingham has been unused for a number of years as very little sport was played, as the surface was old fashioned and soon became unsafe underfoot. This award will bring the area back to life with a new purpose built FA registered 3G surface for 7x7 and 5x5 football games and training sessions.
"It not only provides a clean safe area for people to play sport, but it will bring in revenue to help sustain the pavilion, which is a charity registered business managed by a volunteer trust.
"It will make a big difference to the community and offer more scope, including day time use from schools, groups and walking football with the possibility of starting a walking football league.
"The trust, along with East Riding Rangers who are a partner group, have further plans for KGV Cottingham. The refurbishment of the multisports area is phase one of a large project with aims for phase two and possibly phase three which will bring good things for the ever expanding village in terms of sport and recreation."
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities, added: "I am very pleased that the council has been able to help towards the improvement of the pitches at Cottingham KGV, by the award of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. These improvements will clearly make a huge difference to local sports clubs in the Cottingham area."