Boost for Whitby as work starts on ‘world class’ pitch at Eskdale School

Work on the much anticipated new floodlit 3G pitch on the site of Eskdale School started this week, with contractors SIS Pitches onsite to start the proposed 15-week build

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 9:27 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 9:30 am
BREAKING GROUND: Work has started on the long-awaited 3G pitch at Eskdale School
BREAKING GROUND: Work has started on the long-awaited 3G pitch at Eskdale School

The pitch will enhance the school’s facilities and provide a community football hub, that will be complemented by two full size grass pitches and a 9v9 grass pitch.

The facility will enable key partner clubs, Fishburn Park, Whitby Fishermens Society and Sleights to provide excellent training and match play opportunities.

The pitch will also provide casual pay and play opportunities for local groups.

The project secured a £573,736 grant towards the project from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation last July and has been working with key stakeholders to dispose of the pre-commencement planning conditions required to get to this phase.

Other key partner funders include Scarborough Borough Council, Eskdale School and community organisations.

Matt Hewison, sports development manager from Scarborough Borough Council, said: “Everyone involved in the scheme is delighted to get to the build phase and this has been achieved with the effective working of key partners.

“The impact of the facility has the potential to be huge for football and active participation in the district and it will certainly be worth all the meetings and e-mails.

“Along with the established grassroots clubs, the facility will enable specific football development programmes to be delivered at a world class facility.”

Anne-Marie Scales, PE teacher at Eskdale School, said: ‘The work behind the scenes to get to this phase of the project has been immense and to finally be able to see the plans develop from the page into reality is overwhelming; Matt Hewison is an unsung hero.

Andy Fyfe, headteacher at Eskdale School added: “This is an incredibly exciting facility that the Whitby Federation and community have gained.

“There has always been a rich history of sporting excellence at Eskdale School, this investment will continue to provide outstanding infrastructure that everyone will benefit from.

“The commitment and support from our partners has been instrumental in the project’s success.

“The team have done an incredible job securing this new pitch facility and we look forward to using it from 2021.”