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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Cumbrian school lands £100k for new all-weather pitch

Cockermouth School has been awarded more than £100,000 to replace its ageing all-weather pitch.

Geoff Walker photo
Geoff Walker

The school has announced today that it has received the National Lottery funding which will be used to replace the 14-year-old facility.

Work will start in the summer and it is hoped it will be completed by the start of the new school year in September.

Headteacher Geoff Walker said he was thrilled the application to Sport England had been successful.

“The all-weather pitch has been a great asset to the school and the community over many years,” he added.

“It has been well maintained and well managed and consequently has lasted longer than predicted, but over the past couple of winters, the surface has not been able to cope with frost and rain resulting in a number of cancellations.”

As a condition that the funding of £103,682 was awarded, the school had to match the funding, which it has.

Cash has been saved during the 14-year hire of the facility which is open to the community to use.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham said he was delighted with the “tremendous grant”.

“I know that the pitch is a very well used and well managed community facility, which is open for community use in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays. The replacement pitch will continue to provide a top quality facility for the area, which will benefit the school and the community for sporting activities for many years to come.”

The existing surface will be replaced with a sand-filled pitch suitable for multi-use sport including hockey, football, netball, cricket, athletics, rugby practice and other sports. The pitch is used by the school and feeder primary schools in Cockermouth, in addition to many community clubs and associations.

The money has been granted through the lottery’s Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund - part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Sport England property director Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £88m into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs and facilities.”

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