Pitch perfect

Published Monday, 25 February 2019

Plans were unveiled this week aspiring to bring a new state-of-the art 4G sports pitch to Woolmer Hill Sports Ground in Haslemere.

If the plans go ahead, Woolmer Hill will join top-flight sporting venues such as Saracens' Allianz Park, in embracing the latest technology in sports pitches.

4G pitches combine the fantastic durability and drainage properties of a 3G pitch with an added shock-pad, which absorbs impact and maximises safety for high impact sports, such as rugby. The result is a truly multi-sport surface, which is playable in (almost) any weather conditions.

It is hoped grants from the FA and the RFU will provide half of the £700,000 cost of the pitch, and local Haslemere charity the Penny Ha’Penny Trust has also committed to raise a quarter of the required funding. Waverley Borough Council, which will be providing the land, will explore a range of funding options to support raising the remaining £175,000.

Waverley Borough Council Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications, Councillor Ged Hall said: “It’s likely to take a couple of years to pull the money together and for everything to be completed, but I think it’s great we’re working together to try to get Haslemere such a top-class sports facility. It will benefit the community, support our local football and rugby teams to train and play; and inspire and encourage the next generation of local sportsmen and sportswomen.

“If it all goes ahead it’s also good news for the borough of Waverley, as we could get a fantastic sports venue, including stadium seating and floodlighting, with the potential to develop into a new income stream for the council.”

Chairman of Haslemere Penny HaPenny Trust and former Mayor of Haslemere, Malcolm Carter said: “The Penny Ha’Penny Trust raises funds locally to support organisations and activities that will benefit local residents. We’re very excited by the opportunity to help bring such a high quality sporting facility to Woolmer Hill.

“It’s going to be a focal point for the community and I know our sports teams are going to be absolutely pumped up to practice and play on the pitch all year round when it’s finished.”

Neill McWilliams, Chairman of Beacon Hill Junior Football Club said: “The number of children joining our club has grown significantly over the last few years, especially our within girls teams. The lack of all weather football training facilities in Waverley has been a problem not just for our club, but for football generally in the borough.

“We are pleased to be working with the Waverley in the development of these new facilities that will make a massive difference to both the development of children within the club and football throughout Waverley."

Picture caption:

Left to Right - Councillor Ged Hall, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications at Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Jim Edwards, Haslemere Town Council, Councillor Malcolm Carter, Penny H’Penny Trust, Councillor Peter Isherwood, Haslemere Town Council, Neil McWilliams, Beacon Hill Football Club.

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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