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£1.2m refurbished West Bridgford sports pavilion now open

Newly refurbished facilities at Gresham Sports Park are now open for use following £1.2m fresh investment into the local football pitches and playing fields in West Bridgford. 


Clubs across Rushcliffe and wider Nottinghamshire can book the community space and sports amenities here or by calling 0115 9148 553.


Rushcliffe Borough Council were awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to install a new full size floodlit 3G football turf pitch, refurbish the existing 3G pitch and upgrade the existing grass pitches at the Gresham Sports Park facility.

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The authority also worked with the Football Foundation and the Nottinghamshire FA to secure the £458,275 grant towards the project. Further investment of developer contributions secured by local planning agreements for sport and leisure provision meant total of £1.26m funding for the the project.


Players can now enjoy an additional 3G pitch and better quality grass pitches, alongside the Borough Council’s investment in renovated changing facilities and LED flood lighting to the existing 3G pitch.


Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said: “We’re delighted to re-open the fantastic new facilities at Gresham Sports Park, which we hope groups and sports clubs can enjoy for many years to come. 


“It’s vital that local sports pitches such as this continue to be available to all as we know exercise, sports and recreational activities have such a positive impact on both physical and mental health.”


The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities. 


Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The grant award to Rushcliffe Borough Council towards developing at Gresham is great news for the local community.


“It will support people’s ability to play our national game locally and therefore help unlock football’s many benefits to physical and mental wellbeing.  


“That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.


“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – support facility development projects like this across the country over the next decade to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches.”


The main 3G contract has been awarded to Limonta Smith Construction and the grass pitch works has been awarded to J Pugh-Lewis.


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