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Youngsters' delight at £50,000 football grant for Reydon

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 October 2011

Sole Bay United FC are celebrating being awarded £50,000 to extend the playing field to create extra pitches.

Youngsters from the club's youth teams celebrate.

Sole Bay United FC are celebrating being awarded £50,000 to extend the playing field to create extra pitches. Youngsters from the club's youth teams celebrate.

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A DECISION to provide £50,000 to improve football facilities in Reydon was warmly welcomed this week by some of the young players and coaches who will benefit from new sports pitches.

Sport England has awarded the grant for a project to expand Reydon Playing Field, which is mainly used by Sole Bay United FC and has been run by the community for the last 21 years.

It has been given to the Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council to buy additional land at the playing field off Wangford Road to create extra pitches for Sole Bay United FC’s junior and veterans teams.

There are nearly 100 youngsters in the team’s junior sides.

The new pitches form part of an ambitious project to improve sporting facilities for the people in Reydon and the surrounding area. Phase one will see the size of the playing field doubled.

The second phase will see a new purpose-built sports pavilion constructed to replace the youth centre, which was built in the 1960s, and the changing facilities, which are housed in a 1950s school canteen.

Alan Crick, chairman of Sole Bay United FC’s junior section, said he was grateful to everyone who had helped to secure the Sport England money. He added: “We feel very, very lucky to have got this. It will help to provide more sport for the village and the area. There is very, very little offered for children in term of actives around here.”

Graham Langley, chairman of Southwold and Reydon Recreational Development Council, said: “The Sport England grant will enable us to proceed straight away with phase one of major project to provide additional playing field land and provide in phase two a new sports pavilion and changing rooms at Reydon.”

Other funding for the improvement work is coming from developers Hopkins Homes and Suffolk County Council.

The playing fields are on the site of the old Reydon High School, which closed in 1990.

As well as the grant, announced last week, Reydon Playing Field has been designated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field, meaning it will be protected from development for at least 25 years.

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