Bid for £400k football pitch

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Just as the World Cup is underway in Russia, closer to home local football enthusiasts are starting to fundraise for a new £400,000 facility which will give footballers the opportunity to train and play matches.

King James’s School is teaming up with Knaresborough Celtic FC to start a campaign to raise £100,000 towards a new 3G floodlit football pitch which will be built on the school site and is hoped to be in used by September 2019.

Headteacher Carl Sugden said: “We are delighted to be working with Knaresborough Celtic on this exciting project.

“The development will replace and improve an existing facility that would have become unusable. It also allows us to welcome a wider range of community players to the site all year round.”

Knaresborough Celtic Development Officer, Andrew Wright is delighted at the prospect.

He added: “This is something local sports clubs have been seeking for some time. As a Community Club we are thrilled with this project and so pleased to be part of it.

“The new facility will give our club so many more options. Knaresborough will become an established hub for football.”

An application for funding has been agreed in principle by the Football Foundation, the largest sports charity in the UK, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sports England.

Fundraising events will include quiz nights, gala dinners and sponsored events.