Richmondshire District Council

Popular new sports pitch

A new sports pitch, built with the help of cash from Richmondshire District Council, is proving a hit with local sports groups.

The 3G artificial turf facility at Richmond School is now home to the Town’s Football Club for coaching sessions of adults and children – and there are plans for a new six-a-side league to start in January. And that’s on top of the school’s daily use and private hires.

The £733,000 pitch was developed as a result of a lack of suitable facilities for local sports groups in Richmond and the surrounding area. The school site was seen as the solution to become a central hub for sport in the town.   

The District Council put £50,000 into the pot from its Social Fund which helped to unlock cash from other funders, including the Football Foundation, Richmond School Trustees, Sport England and Richmond Town Football Club.

“The council’s contribution really helped us to access other funding streams,” said Tony Potter, Leader of Sport, Leisure and Community at the school.

“There was a real lack of sports provision for people of all ages in Richmond before this was built – which has been proved by its popularity. We have people queueing up to use it. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are seeing more people wanting to exercise outdoors.”

And Richmondshire District Council Chairman, Councillor Clive World, who is pictured checking out the pitch with Tony Potter, added: “This is a great facility not just for Richmond but for the whole district and is already proving extremely popular. I am delighted that this council has helped to fund it and trigger other funding streams.”

To book the pitch please contact Matthew Brown, Richmond Community Sport on 01748 828123; mobile 07874 903656; or email communitysport@richmondschool.net

New sports pitch at Richmond School
Tony Potter, Leader of Sport, Leisure and Community, at Richmond School's sports pitch with Councillor Clive World
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