SPORTS facilities are heading for a higher league thanks to a £65,000 grant to create three pitches in Cuddington.
Community leaders are aiming to revitalise Cuddington and Sandiway's sports facilities by creating three mini-soccer pitches and a 40-space car park at the Norley Road Playing Fields near Sandiway Primary School.
And the work will now get under way after they scooped a £65,000 grant from the Football Foundation and funding from the Landfill Tax scheme, taking the total investment past the £150,000 mark.
The parish council, school, Vale Royal Borough Council and environmental group Groundwork Vale Royal have worked together on the plans to secure funding.
Ken Nixon, chairman of Cuddington Parish Council, said: 'It has been a long haul but it is going to be worth it. It seemed to take a long time to get all the paperwork done and the funds confirmed, but now everything has clicked into place - this is the last piece of the jigsaw.
'Anything like this must be a boost for the community, the most important thing is the people who make use of it.'
The facilities will be open to the whole community, including kids from the local primary schools and the village football teams.
Headteacher of Sandiway Primary School Kate Brown said: 'At the moment we are having dreadful problems around the school, particularly in the morning, and it has an impact on the residents who have been very supportive. This will help to ease the problems for the whole village.
'The sporting facilities will enhance the school and give children encouragement.'
Mike Harwood, chairman of Cuddington and Sandiway FC, said he hoped some of this young footballers would be able to make use of the facilities: 'It's absolutely fantastic for the village. It's about time that somebody invested money in the youth of today.'
The plans for car parking facilities have also been met with delight by residents as they will ease traffic congestion around the school.
Work is already under way and bosses hope the grass seed will be sown by December with the pitches ready by August 2006.