Bridlington is one step nearer to getting a much-needed 3G pitch, after the town’s two junior football clubs joined forces to support a funding bid.
Representatives from Bridlington Rangers and Burlington Jackdaws have held meetings with officials at the East Riding County FA, with all parties believing the prospects look good.
The facility would be built at Bridlington Sports Centre, in Gypsey Road, which is due to be taken over by the town’s Club for Young People later this year, once East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s new £25m replacement for Leisure World has opened.
Andy Potts, chairman of Bridlington Club for Young People, said: “There are still some hurdles to jump but the incredible work by both Jackdaws and Rangers and their respective chairmen Chris Kirkham and John Gibson MBE, the bid for a new 3G facility in the town now looks very strong.
“We all believe that this facility will be a great benefit to the town and the local football teams, both junior and senior.”
Calls for a 3G facility in the town have grown in recent weeks, with dozens of junior and senior fixtures having to be called off because of waterlogged pitches.
At present in the East Riding, there are third generation (3G) pitches, which have synthetic turf, at schools in Beverley, South Hunsley, South Holderness and Howden.
But Bridlington could be next in line, and the clubs should find out if their application has been successful by the spring.
Graham Turner, county development manager at the East Riding County FA, said: “The county FA have been working hard with the various partners over the past few months to make this project become a reality for the residents of Bridlington and the surrounding areas.
“The application is due for submission in February and the following weeks will be used to assess the strength of the application with a formal decision due within a couple of months.”
Burlington Jackdaws are among the clubs hope to take advantage if the new 3G pitch becomes a reality.
Chairman and secretary Chris Kirkham said in a statement: “A huge amount of work behind the scenes has gone into making this all possible, most notably from Andy Potts, our club’s committee and myself, who have worked in the last 10 days with colleagues from Bridlington Rangers to make this happen.
”The future looks bright for the children currently in our club, and the ones who will play in the coming years.
“The most important news of all is that our kids and adults will have plenty of new facilities to play at in the future and both clubs will be working towards the same goals of children playing football and having fun.”