A Boston academy’s goal to install a £750,000 3G football pitch facility for the local community took a step nearer last week after the project was awarded £120,000 by the Government.
The funding from the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government was awarded from the Town Deal Accelerated Funding scheme, following Boston Borough Council’s submission of the pitch as a key project in July.
The 3G pitch facility, proposed to be based at Haven High Academy’s site in Marian Road, has the backing of the Football Association and would include all required fencing and floodlighting.
Haven High Academy’s Headteacher Matthew Van Lier said: “On behalf of the students at Haven High Academy, and the wider community of Boston, I would like to express my gratitude to Boston Borough Council for their help with our 3G pitch program.
“This is such a great example of how effective collaboration can deliver a speedy response to a funding need.
“The team at the council have worked tirelessly to secure this vital first stage funding, and we are also working closely with the FA and other community stakeholders to secure the balance.
“We hope our plans will be passed to allow building works to commence sometime in the New Year.”
Paul Skinner, Leader of Boston Borough Council and a Boston Town Deal Board Member, said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to apply for Town Deal Accelerated Funding and to be able to support a key partner, Haven High Academy, deliver a facility that so many members of our community were asking for as part of the #MyTowns consultation exercise.
“The 3G pitch is a true community project for all ages – we can’t wait to see it in action.”
Public consultations around the project have been held across recent months, with planning permission submitted to the council on Monday (October 5th).
Nick Bishop, Haven High Academy’s Head of Sport and project lead, said: “This 3G pitch would be great for Boston students and the wider community.
“It would promote all kinds of physical activity, not just football, bringing groups of all ages and abilities together – and acting as a community hub to contribute to improving wellbeing levels in the area.”
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