A £55,000 project to improve Horam recreation ground has got underway after three years of planning and fundraising.
The major drainage improvement project is expected to take only ten working days to complete, putting an end to the fields’ poor drainage which causes it to become regularly water-logged.
Funding for the project was received from several organisations including Broadoak and Horam Junior Football Club, Wealden District Council, Horam Parish Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust awarding their grant through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The project also received a significant funding boost of £20,000 from the Football Foundation - the nation’s largest sports charity.
Project Manager Steve Smith, acting on behalf of Horam Parish Council, said he was ‘delighted’ the project could finally get underway.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted that finally we will soon be able to start work to improve Horam Recreation Ground.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance to reach this stage.
“The councillors and I just can’t wait for the work to be completed and seeing everybody out using and enjoying the new fields all year round.
“After a wet few days football matches often resembled a mud bath. It’ll be great for the players, hopefully they’ll be able to stay on their feet throughout winter matches, and not go home caked in mud.”
Margaret Cobbold, from The Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “It is great to see this project get underway to improve the recreation ground for the whole community to enjoy.
“This is one of the many community and environmental projects the trust is supporting through the Landfill Communities Fund.
“I look forward to seeing the work completed and the fields in regular use.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Horam Parish Council and the local community will have access to these fantastic new facilities and commend the club and the Sussex County FA for their hard work in making this happen.
“This is the latest example of thousands of projects across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government.”