New pitch will enable Kings Langley Football Club 'to grow youth programme even further'

New pitch will enable Kings Langley Football Club 'to grow youth programme even further'

New pitch will enable Kings Langley Football Club 'to grow youth programme even further'

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Kings Langley Football Club has spent more than £120,000 on a new pitch, according to a senior club official.

Andy Mackness, chairman of the the Gaywood Park club, claims they have spent nearly £127,000 on the new pitch, which the club say will be used by more than 37,000 people in the next five years.

At a special presentation on Saturday July 5, where the pitch was officially unveiled, the club also received a cheque worth £50,000 from Sport England, which will go towards the cost of the project. The land for the new playing surface cost the club £40,000. 

Work stalled early this year due to wet weather, but contractors were able to resume work in March and the top-soil was installed in May.

Andy Mackness chairman of Kings Langley Football Club said "This is a great achievement for the club, parents, local supporters and residents who have donated so much over the years. The completion of the pitch will enable us to grow our youth programme even further.

"However, our fund raising work does not stop here as we are now inviting local businesses to help us provide additional resources to help keep our new pitch secure and maintained and we are looking to improve our main club house facilities."

The 85mx58m pitch will provide two additional seven-a-side pitches, one nine-a-side or full adult sized pitch.

The club, along with Dacorum Borough put in an application for funding from Sport England after spending four years trying to raise the money for the land. 

Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: "Thanks to this investment, generations of young people in Kings Langley can look forward to playing sport on great sports pitches. 

"Playing fields are vital sporting resources for local communities so it’s vital that we provide both investment and protection."

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