Grant of £137,000 is huge boost for new 3G pitch

Councillor Andy Burton celebrates with members of Bridlington Club for Young People
Councillor Andy Burton celebrates with members of Bridlington Club for Young People

A sum of £137,000 has been given by East Riding of Yorkshire Council towards the cost of Bridlington’s new 3G football pitch.

The pitch is being built at the town’s sports centre, in Gypsey Road, which is being transferred from the council to Bridlington Club for Young People.

Council officers said the project will create a community hub facility using both indoor and outdoor natural grass, and the 3G pitch will make a significant contribution to the sustainability and development of football in the Bridlington area.

Coun Andy Burton, portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said: “The many football teams in Bridlington have growth targets covering a number of key priorities for the East Riding County Football Association, including new junior teams for mini soccer, new girls’ teams, transition to adult teams and provision for disabled players.

“The construction of this 3G pitch will ensure the clubs can fulfil these targets.”

Senior and junior football matches will be played on the artificial pitch, which should be ready by Christmas.

The money has come as part of a process called commuted sums.

Building companies have to provide outdoor playing space when they draw up large, new housing developments.

Where this is not possible, the company has to give the council a sum of money in lieu of this, which is held until a suitable local project can be identified, and council officers agreed that the new pitch fits the bill.