A new artificial grass football pitch at Lewes Football Club was given a £235,000 boost from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
The state of the art pitch looks set to have far reaching benefits for the community, including a five a side league and increased opportunities for playing the sport.
The exciting facility, which cost £850,000, should be completed in May this year.
Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, presented the club with the cheque for £235,139, which will help build a floodlit 3G pitch.
Board director at Lewes CFC Charlie Dobres said: “This new 3G facility has been two years in the planning.
“We’ve had lots of support along the way but could not have delivered on the project without the support of the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
“This will be a facility for the whole of Lewes, for every man, woman and child and we are creating a comprehensive programme of use to make that possible.”
Charlie explained the new pitch would have a significant impact on both the club and the local community, offering a reliable, high quality pitch for all teams and Academy students to train on.
Priory School will be able to use the pitch for sports during the day in term time.
And for the community there will be lots of opportunities to hire the pitch or to take part new sessions including a weekly five-a-side league, ‘Football Therapy’ sessions for anyone with mental wellbeing challenges, outdoor keep-fit classes and walking football for the over-50s.
Children’s Sunday League teams will no longer have to suffer months of cancelled fixtures and the club plans to offer cricket, rugby and stoolball sessions in partnership with other local sports clubs.
The new 3G AGP will replace an existing real grass pitch, which was prone to waterlogging.
Lewes Community FC worked in partnership with the Sussex County FA to secure the grant award from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government through Sport England and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Additional funding came from Sport England (£200,000), the Local Enterprise Partnership Coast2Capital and Lewes District Council.
The club also raised more than £200,000 from its local owners via an EIS-accredited investment round.