Huntingdonshire District Council has successfully been awarded £450,000 from the UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, to build a new all-weather 3G pitch at the One Leisure site in Ramsey.

Working in collaboration with Ramsey Abbey Foundation and Abbey College who have given their agreement to utilise land at the school to build the pitch, the local community will benefit from the new full-zed LED floodlit pitch.

The remainder of the funding will come from the District Council’s Capital Investment Scheme and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding with the total project costing approximately £800,000.

Executive Councillor for Leisure and Regulatory Services, Keith Prentice said: "This is extremely positive for Ramsey and a great achievement to secure such a large investment for this new facility, both residents and local clubs will benefit from.

Ramsey has been in need of a suitable all-weather pitch for some time so it’s great to be part of the delivery of such a fantastic asset for the community."

It is hoped the new facility will provide access for footballers in the north of the district, attracting a variety of players including formal teams, flexi football, walking football, coach education courses and much more. Students attending Abbey College will also be able to enjoy regular PE lessons and formal fixtures on the new pitch.

The pitch is planned to open in the summer in time for the 2021/22 football season, with a 19-week programme of works commencing this spring.