Wellingborough sports club opens two new football pitches

Old Grammarians' Sywell Road home is set for two new pitches

Old Grammarians' Sywell Road home is set for two new pitches

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Former Premier League referee Brian Hill is set to officially open two new football pitches at Wellingborough Old Grammarians tomorrow.

The sports club has received a £75,000 grant from the Football Foundation and raised £25,000 themselves to create the two small-sided pitches, which will be used for youth matches.

Club chairman John Billing believes the pitches are great for the future of their youth sides.

He said: “We’ve got 16 youth teams and this means we will be able to keep them all playing at our home.

“Previously some have had to play matches on different pitches and it’s been a real struggle.

“We’ve managed but this makes the club much more attractive.”

Also attending the opening will be Wellingborough mayor Cllr Barry Graves and MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove, who plays cricket for the club.

John added that it has been a lengthy process, but one that has been worthwhile.

He said: “We’ve been applying for grants for the last three years and I’m delighted that we’ve managed to finally secure this.

“We’ve worked hard to raise money through youth tournaments and the Waendel Walk and now it’s all come together.”