A RIBBLE Valley school and football club has officially opened new football pitches following a £200,000 revamp.
St Augustine’s High School and Wilpshire Wanderers Foot-ball Club received local and county council support as well as Football Foundation funding to install a new drainage system at pitches at the
Representatives from the school, club, Ribble Valley Council, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Football Association attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday to mark their official
“There was a lack of suitable top class playing fields in the Ribble Valley area and we set up a bid team to try and secure funding to install a completely new drainage system,” said Phil Hartley a
member of the bid team.
“The community partner from was with Wilpshire Wand-erers who have been very active in the process from the outset.”
The successful bid included £130,000 from the Football Foundation, £69,000 from Lanc-ashire Council Council and a further £5,000 from Ribble Valley Council plus additional funding from the school
The site, on playing fields at St Augustine’s High School, now boasts two full size pitches, one dual rugby/football pitch, two 9x9 pitches, two mini soccer pitches plus training grid areas.
Hartley added: “The LFA have also been a key partner and they offered us superb technical advice and without whom we would not have put together a successful bid.”