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Motormen get their field of dreams

WORK is due to start next April on a £300,000 all-weather football pitch behind Rivacre Park.

WORK is due to start next April on a £300,000 all-weather football pitch behind Rivacre Park.

The project has received the green light following a £100,000 grant to Vauxhall Sports & Social Club from the Football Foundation.

The special surface, known as Field Turf, is very different to the older Astro-turf surfaces and is currently only used by a handful of Premiership clubs.

Vauxhall Motors FC chairman Tony Woodley, said: 'It's the most modern artificial surface anywhere in the world. It looks, feels and plays like real grass and UEFA have just agreed its use for competitive 11-a-side games.

'I would like to thank not only the Football Foundation but also Vauxhall Motors for their financial support and all the Wirral MPs who have put a lot of time and effort in, particularly our own MP Andrew MIller without whose help the project might not have succeeded.'

He added: 'These new facilities will offer greater access to the game throughout the year as well as providing fun weeks and tournaments for schoolchildren, adding to the already excellent links Vauxhall has developed with the local community.

'It is also hoped it will encourage greater participation among females and will be a welcome addition to the existing facilities at the club.'

Construction of the new pitch is expected to take 12 weeks and it is scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2002/03 football season.

Dave Edmonds, secretary of Vauxhall Motors Sports & Social Club, said: 'I'm absolutely delighted and it's great that the Football Foundation has shown confidence in our programme of football facilities.'

Vauxhall Motors got the go-ahead because they are seen as a pilot scheme for youth and amateur football in Cheshire.

Geoff Webb, head of the Football Foundation's Grass Roots Development, said: 'These new facilities will offer massive benefits to the footballers and community of Ellesmere Port and this award is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of all those involved with the project.'


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