New 3G pitch at Peter May Sports Centre is open for use

Anonymous 07 January 2016

The new artificial pitch at Peter May Sports Centre will be put through its paces on Saturday 9th January by LOASS and Egbertians FC whose players will be the first to set foot on the 3G surface. The pitch, which was completed in December 2015, has been resurfaced, improved floodlighting installed, a new fence erected to improve security and a spectator viewing area created. This redevelopment work was part funded by the LPFF’s own resources with external investment from the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund and London Marathon Charitable Trust.

LPFF Chief Executive Alex Welsh remarked: “Our vision for this new pitch is to provide a venue for local clubs, schools and academies to play and train and for it also to be a focus for our social inclusion work. We want to ensure that the whole community has the opportunity to benefit from this fantastic facility.”

LPFF has a long standing relationship with a number of clubs at this ground and the new pitch is generating a lot of interest amongst players. David Cross, Chairman of Egbertians FC said:

We are so excited at the prospect of playing on the new 3G pitch. For us to be playing in an Amateur Football Alliance Cup tie against one of the founding members of the Football Association; Civil Service FC, just adds to the occasion for the surface’s inaugural match. I know my lads are equally honoured to participate.

Congratulations to London Playing Fields Foundation in the delivery of the new 3G pitch at Peter May. We look forward to continuing the partnership and using the facilities for the foreseeable future.”

Karina Barrow, LOASS FC’s Secretary thinks that the new pitch would be a real asset to her club: “Having the option of 3G facilities at Peter May will make such a difference to our team, no more rained off games and kids missing football. It’s an amazing relief.”

The redevelopment work was undertaken by SIS who installed the 3G pitch at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre and who were also responsible for Saracens RFC’s pitch at Allianz Park.

An official opening will be held in the spring to thank the funders and enable the charity’s user clubs and supporters to view the new facility.