The Dawlish All-Weather pitch at Sandy Lane has reached a grand old age of 20 and is believed to be the oldest of its kind in Devon. However the pitch has started showing its age, and will now be replaced with a brand new, top quality all-weather pitch.
£145k of Inspired Facilities funding from Sport England’s ‘Places People Play’ programme, backed by the National Lottery, will cover nearly half the cost of the scheme. Meanwhile Teignbridge District Council is putting in £105k and managing the project, while Devon County Council contributes £46k and Dawlish Community College picks up the remaining £4k.
Work on the scheme is expected to get underway within six months after Sport England confirmed today (Tuesday, July 17, 2012) that Teignbridge District Council’s bid funding had been successful. Sport England will deliver the funding on behalf of the National Lottery, part of the London 2012 legacy programme to deliver lasting improvements to sports facilities around the country.
The new pitch will safeguard the future of several sports clubs in Dawlish and its surrounding area, which would have been at risk if the old pitch could not be improved. The pitch provides the district’s only home for hockey, and provides facilities for many hockey and football clubs including Teign Hockey Club, Dawlish Ladies Hockey Club, Dawlish United Football Club (U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 teams), Exeter City FC Ability Squad, Langdon FC, Starcross Generals FC, Torquay Utd Elite Development Training, Dawlish Lawn Tennis Club, Devon Games to Inspire, and Dawlish Community College. The pitch is also available for use on a casual basis by members of the public, and is used by Dawlish Lawn Tennis Club in the summer months.
The new pitch will put an end to recent problems with bad weather affecting play – caused by old drainage systems not performing very well – putting the ‘all weather’ back in ‘all weather pitch’.
It will also mean that the local hockey scene can grow and reach its full potential for all ages and abilities, as it will allow regular play whatever the weather. The project includes a full resurfacing, new floodlights, better layout and improved security fencing.
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