Over £1m of the £100m Your Fund Surrey fund has now been awarded to communities across Surrey since its launch in November 2020.
Last week South Park Sports Association became the latest project to be presented with a cheque for £150,000 by the Leader of Surrey County Council Tim Oliver, Chair of the Council Helyn Clack and Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Communities Mark Nuti.
The £150,000 will go towards a floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch with a spectator area, providing an opportunity for existing and new teams to play and build their provision for women, girls and people living with disabilities.
The project will also see environmental benefits with the installation of energy saving LED floodlights which will also reduce light pollution. The waste earth from replacing the turf will be used around the outside of the facility instead of being transported to local landfill.
Steve Robb, Treasurer of South Park Sports Association said: “The Committee cannot thank Your Fund Surrey enough for providing funds towards our project to enable our new 3G pitch to be installed. The Community has been desperate for a facility such as this and we are also glad to have the backing of the Football Foundation. To others thinking of applying, I would say go for it!”
Cabinet Member for Communities Mark Nuti said “This is exactly the sort of project we like to see which is not only looking to be more environmentally friendly but offers a wider community benefit. This is not just a regular football club it’s about opening doors for use by more inclusive groups within the community such as the Reigate Refugee Programme, East Surrey Hawks (An inclusive football club for children with disabilities, health conditions and complex needs), the English Deaf League and Wildcats (a specific FA programme for non-competitive girls’ football). Something for all members of the community to use, enjoy and come together.” Communities can submit applications via the Your Fund Surrey website and have their say on projects being proposed in their local area www.surreycc.gov.uk/yourfund.