October 21 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Sheringham’s young sports stars can play in all weathers thanks to a new £113,000 multi-use games area.
The flood-lit pitch, built on the site of three deteriorating concrete tennis courts, can be used for tennis, football, basketball, netball and hockey for all age groups.
And the site, at Sheringham recreation ground, includes shockproof technology, making it suitable for those with disabilities.
East Coast Warriors footballer Jack Boggis, 13, of Sheringham High School, said the pitch was better for football than grass.
He said: “We were really excited to play on it, more places should have things like this - it is definitely a good thing.”
Along with his teammates, Jack plays on the pitch every Monday.
Charles Sanders, chairman of Sheringham Sports Association, said there were no nearby facilities to match the games area.
He said: “At last, our young sportsmen and women can train and play in their own town.
“I hope this facility will also encourage more local people to participate in exercise and sporting activities.”
Funding for the area was helped by a £15,000 grant from the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund.
A further £60,000 was secured from Tesco in place of a like-for-like playing pitch which formed part of the original Tesco planning permission for the new Sheringham Community Centre.
The money was earmarked for Sheringham Town Council who decided in March last year to donate it to the games area.
Rhodri Oliver, the district council’s deputy leader said he was delighted that after all their hard work and support the Sports Association had been able to provide the sports facilities for people in the town.
He said: “So many volunteers have put in a huge amount of time and hard work into turning the original vision into reality and it is great that it has paid off.”
Sheringham’s mayor Doug Smith said parents would no longer be forced to drive their children to Holt or Cromer when the grass is too wet to train on or when it is too dark to see.
He said: “Reducing thousands of car miles a year is a positive step in helping our environment.”
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