The Henfield Memorial Field is among 149 projects in the UK to secure a share of £16.5m of funding from Sport England to help improve facilities.
Henfield Parish Council, in partnership with the Henfield Football and Cricket Clubs, has been awarded £65,000 of National Lottery funds towards the cost of renovating the Memorial Field in Henfield Common.
We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.Charles Johnston
The Memorial Field pitches were first created in 1953 and dedicated to those who fought and died in the two world wars.
The project will cost £116,665 of which £65,000 will be funded by Sport England. The balance will be funded by Horsham District Council (HDC) and a community partnership comprising of Henfield Parish Council and the Henfield Cricket and Football Clubs.
Parish chairman Ray Osgood, said: “It is fitting that 100 years after the start of the Great War and 70 years after the end of the Second World War, we are able to commemorate these two events by the total renovation of the pitches which are in need of a more sustainable maintenance programme to ensure their continuous use throughout the whole football season.
“This is a partnership community project and I would like to thank all our partners for their help, support and hard work in achieving this Sport England award.”
The announcement comes as Sport England revealed that it has reached a major funding milestone, having invested £5 billion in grassroots sport in the last 20 years.
Sport England’s property director Charles Johnston, said: “£5 billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that that money supports which are really important. We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.
“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country.
“By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can play sport more often.”
District councillor for Henfield Mike Morgan, said: “It’s great to see the Henfield Memorial Field project join the long list of successful projects that have benefited from this Sport England fund and I am hopeful that HDC will also be able contribute a substantial contribution through its S106 fund.”
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