Playing fields that have been dogged by drainage and condition problems have been officially opened today following a major revamp.
Staddiscombe playing fields are ready for the new football season after the eight full-size senior football pitches had high specification drainage and new goal posts installed.
Other works carried out by the contractors include soil improvements and turf care such as ground breaking, sand dressing, fertilisation and weed treatment.
The full sized pitches are used by teams belonging to the Plymouth and West Devon Combination Football League and Plymouth University.
The project which costs around £410,000 has been funded by the Council through its Section 106 funding and capital grants of £249,460 from the Football Association/Football Foundation, £50,000 from Sport England and £40,000 from Plymouth University.
Cabinet Member for Culture Councillor Glenn Jordan said: “Staddiscombe is one of the most popular playing pitches in Plymouth but they have been plagued by drainage problems.
“We need to make sure our playing pitches are fit for the job. We are delighted that the FA as well as our partners in the city pitched in to improve these fields. It means a lot to us and a lot to the many players and their families and friends”.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League and thee FA Facilities Fund has enabled Plymouth City Council to upgrade to improved grass pitches. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, the FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This latest project in Plymouth is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.”
The Council’s Plan for Playing Pitches outlines a commitment ‘to be a city that provides a good supply of well managed and maintained playing pitches and ancillary facilities, which are fit for purpose, meet identified needs and encourage residents to maintain and increase their participation in sport.