A community group has had their dreams of building a new grass sports pitch become a reality thanks to a successful bid for funding. The Trustees of the Feniscowles and Pleasington War Memorial Recreation were concerned about the lack of availability on the Blackburn based recreation site, with many young people unable to play sport because of high demand for the existing cricket and football pitches.
The charity Newground Together, part of the Together Housing Group, granted funding of £15,000 to build a new grass pitch to house the extra youth teams.
The pitch continues to develop, with hopes that activities can take place from May 2015. Children and families from around the community have been volunteering to help plant hedges around the site and other community members have been laying new paths and tidying the area around the sports pitch.
A member of the Trustees’ organisation, Michael Caton said: “There‘s so much scope for creating a vibrant, self-funded, volunteer led sporting facility that’s the heartbeat of the community in this area. We just need to make sure that the opportunity is seized whilst the various sections are so vibrant.
There have been discussions of re-developing the remainder of the site, with special focus on the club house that we feel we could get support from Sport England to re-build. Within the clubhouse we’d look to have a function room for community activities every night and potentially during the day. Within the cafe we’d hope to create part time employment opportunities through an out of school club and opening the cafe throughout the summer.”
Local schools have also been getting involved, with pupils spending full outdoor learning days on site. Many more schools are hoping to be involved after Easter, once the site is complete.