07-Oct-2021

Residents in Ramsey and the surrounding areas are now benefitting from a new £800,000 state of the art, all-weather, full-sized LED floodlit 3G football pitch.

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) was successfully granted £465,000 from the Football Foundation to build the new pitch at the One Leisure site in Ramsey. HDC worked in collaboration with Ramsey Abbey Foundation and Abbey College, who have given the agreement to utilise land at the school to be able to build the pitch. The remainder of the funding for the project has come from the HDC Capital investment scheme and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding.

The new facility will provide much needed access for footballers in the north of the district to a floodlit all-weather pitch and will attract a variety of players including formal teams, flexi football, walking football, coach education courses and much more. Working closely with Huntingdonshire Football Association and the Football Foundation, the need and benefits of such a facility in the given geographical area was highlighted significantly.

Abbey College students will also benefit from having regular PE lessons and formal fixtures on the pitch.

Executive Councillor for Leisure and Regulatory Services, Cllr 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."

The pitch has been in use from August but was officially opened on 6 October by Cllr Mac McGuire, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, alongside local professional footballer Todd Kane, who grew up in Ramsey, and currently plays for Championship side Coventry City, having joined Chelsea as an 8-year-old receiving one-to-one coaching at One Leisure Ramsey.

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