Works to the Playing Fields in South Cave, the home of South Cave Sporting Club, are now under way, thanks to £10,000 awarded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments, and £2,000 from an East Riding of Yorkshire Council Active Creative Grant.
In addition, South Cave Sporting Club have received £50,000 from the Football Foundation, with the remaining money coming from club funds.
Lee Murphy, Chair of South Cave Juniors, said: "The grant awards from East Riding of Yorkshire Council are being used to improve the club playing fields in South Cave.
"As part of the development plan, undertaken in 2015, the club undertook to increase its playing numbers. In order to do that, we needed to invest in our playing surfaces so that they were fit to take on the expected increase in usage. They are currently in relatively poor condition, so we cannot use them as much as we would like. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, and with support from the FA, we set out to put an irrigation system at the Bullfield which, over a period of time, will increase the grass coverage, and therefore its durability, and increase our usage.
"The number of people playing football at the club has increased significantly in the last few years, including the introduction of dedicated junior girls' teams. Through fundraising, financial support from the Football Foundation, East Riding Council and South Cave Parish Council, works are now under way on a borehole at the club and the installation of an irrigation system, and should be completed in July. We then expect over the next three years to invest in an ongoing maintenance programme to significantly increase the quality and durability of the fields.
"This means that by the end of the project, our playing surfaces will be amongst the best in the county, but also far more durable, which means more people can benefit from them. So rather than us using them for five hours a week, we will be able to use them for twice as long, so more people benefit.
"We have 17 junior teams, two junior girls teams, and more to come, a ladies' and a veterans' team. We also have two senior mens' teams who currently play away from the club due to the current poor condition of the pitches.
"In three years we expect all senior teams to be back at the club and five more junior teams to be playing. Furthermore, with increased durability, we will be able to host more events for our community.
"Without the support of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, we would either be waiting another three years while we raise the money or not do it at all. Around 400 people will directly benefit from the project."
Councillor Mike Stathers, portfolio holder for Place Shaping including Operational Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: "The award of these Commuted Sums, which were provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval, is great news for South Cave Sporting Club, and I am delighted that we have been able to facilitate our part in their transformation."
Notes to Editors : Commuted Sums
Developers are required to provide Outdoor Playing Space (OPS) as part of all new residential developments above a certain size. This requirement is highlighted in the East Riding Local Plan, supported by the Supplementary Planning Document.
Outdoor Playing Space is specified as space that is available for sport, active recreation or children's play. The space must be of a suitable size and design for its intended purpose, accessible and available to the general public.
When a developer cannot provide this within the development itself, a sum of money known as a commuted sum may be paid in lieu of this, by the developer entering into an agreement under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
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