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New facility unveiled at Kirkley and Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 11:31 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:31 30 May 2014

HANDOVER: Braving the rain, Phil Blackwell (SIS) hands over the maintenance manual for the new 3G pitch at Walmer Road to Colin Smith (K&P's adult football vice chairman), watched by John Pitts (K&P club president) and Chris Barry (Football Foundation). Picture: MICK HOWES

HANDOVER: Braving the rain, Phil Blackwell (SIS) hands over the maintenance manual for the new 3G pitch at Walmer Road to Colin Smith (K&P's adult football vice chairman), watched by John Pitts (K&P club president) and Chris Barry (Football Foundation). Picture: MICK HOWES

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Exciting times await footballers in south Lowestoft after a new full-sized, all-weather artificial pitch (AGP) was unveiled.

Work on a £700,000 scheme to transform Walmer Road has been continuing since mid-March, and this week the facility was officially handed over to Kirkley and Pakefield FC.

Braving the rain on Tuesday, Phil Blackwell, from contractors SIS Pitches, handed over the maintenance manual for the new state-of-the-art pitch to John Pitts, K&P’s club president, watched by Chris Barry, from the Football Foundation, and Colin Smith, the adult football vice chairman at K&P.

The new facility, which has been backed by the Football Association, has been installed in the centre of the most easterly playing area.

After a grant from the Football Foundation, the club has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this project a reality – raising more than £50,000 in a short period of time.

Previously, more than half the club’s 40 teams had been forced to train and play at other sites across Lowestoft because of a lack of available pitch time. But now these new facilities will enable all of them to train and play at their home ground for the first time – and also give hundreds of children the chance to practise in the evenings during the winter.

As well as the local community, Pakefield High school’s physical education department will be able to use the facility.

An adult football tournament, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, will be held in partnership with K&P at the new facility on July 6. And a new adult 11-a-side Monday league will be launching at Walmer Road, in association with Suffolk FA.

Off the field, K&P confirmed this week that admission prices for next season will remain unchanged, while season ticket prices for the 2014/15 season have also been frozen.

The club also launched a sponsorship board special offer this week – with pitchside advertising boards available for businesses locally. A club spokesman said: “Get your company noticed by 300 families every week with a new sponsorship board in your company name – sign up before the end of July and pay only £199. Every board ordered gets your company in the draw for a match on our new 3G pitch.”

■ For more details, e-mail atkins_2006@tiscali.co.uk or benatkins@gmail.com

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