A new cutting-edge 3G pitch at Woolmer Hill in Haslemere has officially been opened.
This game-changing facility was five years in the making and is thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA, and the Government’s Football Foundation.
After netting a £699,000 grant from the Football Foundation, Waverley Borough Council (WBC) started construction of the pitch earlier this year and there is now a new floodlit 3G pitch open for community use.
Funding for the new football pitch was a real team effort with £699,000 provided by the Football Foundation and £330,000 allocated from Waverley Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council’s Community Infrastructure Levies. Beacon Hill Football Club invested £50,000 and there were also contributions of £1,500 from Sport Haslemere and Haslemere Town Football Club.
Robert Sullivan, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country.
“Good quality playing facilities have a transformative impact on physical and mental health and play an important role in bringing people together and strengthening local communities.”
Beacon Hill Football Club chairman, Jamie Gateshill, said: “Beacon Hill Football Club is thrilled to be part of this state-of-the-art 3G pitch project in our community.
“This is a pivotal moment for all clubs in this area; it represents a commitment to fostering football talent and providing our community with a top-notch facility for all to enjoy.”
The pitch is being managed on behalf of the local community by the Woolmer Hill Sports Association.