GRASS football pitches at Perdiswell, rendered unplayable due to drainage issues, are set to be reinstated in order to improve the offering for amateur footballers in Worcester.
The pitches have already been fenced off ready for the work to begin next Monday (April 18) – with Worcester City Council stumping up £336,000 for the vital improvements which will meet the Football Foundation’s Performance Quality Standard.
Funding for the work is mainly coming from housing developers under Section 106 money, with the rest of the cash being provided by the City Council after the cabinet gave the go-ahead to the work last month.
It’s expected it will take contractors about ten to 12 weeks to carry out the construction work, after which the site will remain fenced off until it re-opens to give the grass about 12 months to become established, depending on the weather.
If everything goes according to plan then the pitches should be ready to play on in spring 2017, coinciding with the opening of the new Perdiswell swimming pool.
David Sutton, the City Council’s Service Manager for a Cleaner and Greener City, said: “This is fantastic news for amateur football clubs, as it will provide top quality pitches at the Perdiswell hub, which already has excellent changing and parking facilities.
“Having six new pitches at Perdiswell will also help to relieve pressure on other pitches across the city.”