Council secures £18,000 boost for Havant football pitches

Thursday, 30 July, 2020

Havant Borough Council has been awarded funding from the Football Foundation to support grassroots football across the borough by improving pitches.

The council worked with the Hampshire FA and the Football Foundation, a charity partnership between the government, the FA and the Premier League, to secure a total of £18,450.

This grant will enable the council to purchase new Verti-Drain machinery, which will be used by Norse South East on all Havant Borough Council owned football pitches to improve compaction and waterlogging.

It will see significant improvement in the existing pitches and therefore a reduction in cancelled fixtures and an improvement in the quality of the playing surface.

Cllr Alex Rennie, Cabinet Lead for Communications, said: “This funding is excellent news for football in Havant, meaning we’ll get fewer postponements and more games played throughout the winter months. 

“We can’t wait to welcome players back to our football pitches when it’s safe for grassroots football to return.”

Work will take place at Bartons Green, Bidbury Mead, Cowplain Recreation Ground, Emsworth Recreation Ground, Front Lawn Recreation Ground, Hayling Park, Purbrook Heath and Waterlooville Recreation Ground.

Norse South East will also be offering the Verti-Drain service for hire to any local sports pitch facility operators who wish to improve the quality of their playing surfaces.