£50,000 bid to create world-class sports pitch in Garstang

Headteacher Phil Birch, PE teacher Gordon Kidd and pupils at Garstang Community Academy celebrate the launch of the 'Pitch in' project
Headteacher Phil Birch, PE teacher Gordon Kidd and pupils at Garstang Community Academy celebrate the launch of the 'Pitch in' project

Garstang Community Academy has launched a rallying call for the community to ‘pitch in’ and help fund a world class multi sport, all-weather facility in Garstang.

Co-ordinators behind the ‘Pitch In’ project are looking to raise £50,000 towards the new state-of-the-art sports pitch, based at the Bowgreave school, a first for the town.

The opening of the sports pitch will mark a milestone for Garstang Hockey Club, who are set to return to the market town after more than 20 years.

And the aim is to have the facility open for the 2016 academic year.

Headteacher Phil Birch described the launch as an ‘exciting time’ for Garstang. The town’s sports clubs and junior sections, currently forced to travel out of the area for training purposes will also have access to facilities.

Mr Birch said: “Since 2011, we have all seen the huge benefits the new sports hall brought to both the school and the wider community, and we are particularly enthused by the prospect of bringing another world-class facility to Garstang.

“This would enable our town to become a regional centre of excellence for hockey as well as providing opportunities for a host of recreational sporting options, including rugby, Netball and 5-a-side football.”