CONSTRUCTION is underway on a £620,000 top-of-the-range football pitch in Hartlepool.
The pitch is being built at Brierton Sports Centre, adjacent to the floodlit tennis courts on Catcote Road, on part of the former Brierton Community School site.
The Hartlepool Borough Council project has been made possible through a £602,800 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund and delivered by the Football Foundation.
The remaining £18,000 is coming from the council itself.
The scheme – which is expected to be completed in the late spring – will involve the council working with a variety of different partner organisations - including Greatham Football Club, which currently uses Brierton Sports Centre as its base – to further develop grass roots football in the town.
It is part of wider plans for the redevelopment of the entire former Brierton Community School site – including for community sport, educational uses and housing – which were the subject of public consultation last year.
Hartlepool’s Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher – joined by fellow Manor House Ward councillors Marjorie James and Allan Barclay – performed the official ground breaking to get work underway on the full-size floodlit artificial turf pitch.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher said: “Thanks to the generosity of the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, this state-of-the-art pitch will open an exciting new chapter in sports provision in Hartlepool.It will greatly enhance the facilities available at Brierton.”