GRASSROOTS football in Desborough is on the up after thousands of pounds were made available for new pitches for the town’s junior teams.
The £17,500 grant from the Football Foundation will allow Desborough Town Junior Football Club to create two new grass pitches at the town’s new leisure centre, in Ironwood Avenue.
The leisure centre, which opened in May, will now be the junior teams’ new home.
Stephen Perry, chairman of the club, said: “The club has been working hard for the last five years with Kettering Borough Council to find a new home.
“The new pitches will give us a firm foundation to drive our football plans forward from next season.
“Junior football will have a permanent home in Desborough and we are looking forward to seeing and playing on the new pitches.”
The pitches are expected to be ready for use next year.
It is intended that temporary changing facilities will be put in place until phase two of the new leisure centre, on the Grange estate, is completed.
Phase two includes external changing accommodation, squash courts and a flexible use room.
Valerie Hitchmam, head of community services at the borough council, said: “The club, Kettering Council and Parkwood Leisure worked together to achieve the funding from the Football Foundation.
“I would like to thank the Football Foundation for helping us to develop football in Desborough.”
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