£100k boost for playing fields

Sport action at Moor Lane,  Illingworth
Sport action at Moor Lane, Illingworth

Playing fields in Calderdale have received a £100,000 bost in the latest round of funding from Sport England.

Calderdale Council was awarded £50,000 which will be spent in the Ovenden and Illingworth areas of Halifax.

The work will improve the quality and change the configuration of pitches and has been identified as a priority in the Playing Fields Strategy for Calderdale to grow participation.

The Greetland Academy is also a winner receiving £48,202 which will be spent making significant alterations to the existing topography of the site to provide two level playing field areas.

They are among 16 projects in Yorkshire to share £638,349 from the Protecting Playing Fields Olympic and Paralmpic legacy fund.

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: “Good pitches, that can be used all year round, are vital to sustain and encourage sports participation.”

The next round of funding will open on June 10 and Sport England will award between £20,000 and £50,000 of lottery funding in projects that will create, improve and protect playing fields.