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Football: Grant award to pitch in for association

thisiswiltshire.co.uk (100 hits)

WOOTTON Bassett Town Sports Association are celebrating a major boost to the £6 million development of their new home after they were handed £300,000 of funding from Sport England. The sports association, which is made up of the town’s football, cricket, tennis and road running clubs, are relocating from their current site at Rylands Way to a new base on Malmesbury Road, which is set to include four grass pitches, eight tennis courts and two cricket squares. The £300,000 windfall will go towards adding a new full-size artificial pitch that will be used by a host of different clubs year-round. “The site on Rylands Way was given to the sports association in 1930 by Gerard Buxton but, all being well, we’re hoping to begin building work by the end of the year at the new base, which is opposite Ballards Ash,” said the association’s relocation manager Paul Harrison. “A lot of the funding for the new development has come from the sale of the Rylands Way site to Persimmon homes but obviously, this grant from Sport England is a huge help. “The new artificial 3g pitch will be there for all of the different sports clubs to use and we’re hoping to encourage the nearby rugby club to make use of it for training. “Unfortunately, the Hellenic League rules mean that the first team of the football club wouldn’t be able to use it as their pitch but there’s nothing to stop youth football and other sports from using it. “Work on this project has been going for ten years now and it has been a challenge but we’re getting closer.”

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What does '3G pitch' mean?

The artificial turf named '3G' (Third Generation) is a surface created using synthetic fibres and rubbers, made to look like grass. Unlike previous artificial surfaces, the pitch does not contain sand, therefore it is much less likely to cause friction burns to the skin. The main reason for its use is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, particularly in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.

How much to build a 3g football pitch?

The 3G surfaces have evolved to mimic the playing characteristics of a natural field but can be used endlessly in all weather conditions. The third generation surfaces is what all the premier league teams train on and to build a full size football pitch with fencing, floodlighting, drainage, groundworks and surfacing costs approximately 600k. This price is based on the site being good access and existing level conditions to the site.