Great Boughton secures £50,000 from sporting legacy fund.

People of all ages in the Vicars Cross area can look forward to decades of high-quality

Cllr Pamela Hall

Cllr Pamela Hall

sport after Great Boughton Parish Council secured £50,000 from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy.

Great Boughton Parish Council will use the investment to improve the drainage and reconfigure Thackeray Drive Playing Pitches, including a dedicated dog walking area.  This aims to improve both the quality and quantity of football which can be played on the site.  This is phase one of a wider programme of improvements to the pitches and the Square One Centre to increase capacity for both sports and community use.

The Protecting Playing Fields fund is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

As part of Cheshire West and Chester Councils vision of giving more opportunities for Communities to have the facilities they want and need to develop, Great Boughton Parish Council is proud to have led the initiative to take over the Square One facility rather than potentially having the land sold for development. Our first project has been to work towards this grant funding from Sports England to develop the fields at Thackeray Drive which will mean we can drive further improvements to the whole site. The Sports England grant has been a great achievement through all the groups and individuals who worked so hard to achieve this and I look forward to continuing to ensure the Community works together to make the new facility thriving and sustainable for all our residents.

The playing field will also be protected from developers for at least 25 years[1], creating an enduring benefit for sport.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “Thanks to this investment, generations of young people in Vicars Cross can look forward to playing sport on great sports pitches. Playing fields are vital sporting resources for local communities so it’s vital that we provide both investment and protection.”

Local Ward Cllr Pamela Hall said “this is a fantastic boost to our commitment to improve leisure and recreation facilities in Great Boughton for everyone of all ages and diverse interests.   This funding enables us to kick start a programme of improvements to Vicars Cross and supports the Parish Councils and residents aspirations for making the Square One Community Centre a local hub to use for a wide range of activities.  I am delighted to support the start of this exciting programme for the area.”

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