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Cheshire West and Chester Council has made a commitment to contribute towards millions of pounds worth of football facilities within the borough.

Over the next three years, the council will work with Cheshire FA, the Football Foundation, as well as other partners and stakeholders to identify 24 priority projects within the area.

It follows the recent announcement that Knights Grange in Winsford has been chosen by Cheshire FA as the location for a new world-class football facility.

The projects receiving backing from Cheshire West and Chester Council range from informal sites and grass pitches through to changing rooms and 3G pitches.

This initiative is part of the council’s wider Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) – a commitment to invest in grassroots provision to improve health and wellbeing for residents.

The first year of the programme will look to assist Frodsham Junior Football Club who are based at Helsby High School.

Local MP Mike Amesbury welcomed the investment, saying it will revolutionise sport in the surrounding community for many years to come.

Mike said: “Huge credit to Louise Gittins at Cheshire West and Chester Council for moving this forward and to everyone involved.

“It’s been a long process but a collaborative one and something I’m delighted to see has come to fruition.

“This will be a huge boost for the community and sport in the town and wider area for many years to come.”

Joe Bell, 3G project lead at Frodsham Juniors Football Club, said: “Plans to bring new and improved facilities to Helsby High School will benefit both Frodsham Juniors Football Club and the wider community.”

The council is now working with clubs to identify external funding to support the projects.

Future plans are currently under development, and will include improvements to pitches at numerous sites across the borough.

Cllr Louise Gittins commented: “We are delighted that we have been able to contribute to such an important cause and help to meet our priorities around health and wellbeing by making sport accessible for all.

“The funding is part of an ambitious plan to increase the number of people accessing grassroots football.

“It will also support The FA’s aim to double the number of women and girls who play football.

“We hope that the funding will help to benefit all of the residents in our borough at some point.”

 

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