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Help Garstang Community Academy win £200,000

All weather pitch Published Monday, 19 February 2018

Garstang Community Academy are in the running to receive £200,000 to create a new sports facility for the community, but they need your help!

Garstang Community Academy (GCA) is fundraising to create an outstanding sports facility. When complete, the pitch will be used for the local community, more than 11,000 children from feeder primary schools as well as junior sports teams.

The project will deliver a new floodlit full sized artificial pitch for hockey, netball and five-a-side football, which will also enable the academy to host holiday sports clubs. GCA’s plans are approved and supported by Sport England, local and county councils, community sports clubs and the Garstang Schools Sports Partnerships.

All they need now is the final funding to make their dream a reality.

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A brief summary of the project so far

Construction of a new, sustainable, floodlit astro turf pitch for community use in Garstang, Lancashire and surrounding rural areas.

GCA are fully committed to delivering for the rural community and school, a new artificial pitch and sports hub which currently does not exist, primarily for the development of hockey, football, and netball. The rationale is based on a need to create strong school to club links for young people to access local sports clubs, whilst providing a facility that also has capacity to meet demand for recreational adult training and match facilities contributing significantly to local and national health, sport and education strategies.

No artificial hockey pitch facilities exist within Wyre for community use (area of 109sq. miles and population of over 108,000 est.2014). The project is officially priority within Wyre Council's 2015 Playing Pitch Strategy. Partner clubs have sports development plans built around the use of the new floodlit pitch to support growth and attract all ages.

The new floodlit, full sized artificial pitch with sand-dressed surface, ball stop fencing (3m high) and inlaid lines for hockey, netball and five-a-side football managed by the school will also be suitable for tennis and cricket nets.

Garstang Hockey Club have chosen this pitch to be their new 'home', with the full support of Lancashire and England Hockey. England Hockey have identified the venue as a future centre of hockey excellence, accessible by 16 feeder primary schools, available for casual community use, five-a-side leagues, and also including walking hockey, netball and football which is a new sporting initiative targeting over 55s.

Participation figures for year one are estimated to be 31,176with a 5% year on year increase forecast.

For more information please contact Tracey Jones

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