Sports scheme months away from finish line
PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2015
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A MAJOR overhaul of a village's sport pitches is nearing its conclusion.
New junior football pitches at the playing fields in Blackford Road, Wedmore, are already in use.
The Wedmore Playing Fields Management Committee hopes five tennis courts will be completed when the weather improves in March.
The three old courts will then be transformed into a multi-use games area.
The committee was awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds of lottery funding in 2012 to create the high-quality sport pitches.
Project co-ordinator Pete Brown said: “I’m sure when the fields were first bequeathed to the village in the 1930s, everyone thought they wouldn’t need all that space. And for a long time, I’m sure they didn’t.
“But in the past five to 10 years, it has got more and more use. There are now hundreds of kids up there playing football every weekend.
“All of the clubs are very active and it is just brilliant.
“Everyone involved in the project has been very positive and the community as a whole has benefitted massively.”
The committee hopes that once the work is complete, it can turn attention to overhauling the clubhouse too.
Mr Brown said the work could cost up to £36,000, although £16,000 has already been raised.
The committee has applied to Sport England for the funding.
He said: “We hope they will take it up and get us over the finishing line.”
Money is also being raised to buy Wedmore Cricket Team a new practice net.