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Bourne Town Football Club and Thurlby Tigers have partnership agreements with new facility operated by the Elsea Park Community Trust

Years of perseverance will finally pay off this month when a new artificial pitch and community facility at Elsea Park in Bourne opens its gates for the first time.

The site – which is owned and operated by the Elsea Park Community Trust – incorporates a full-sized state of the art synthetic pitch and a sports pavilion with changing rooms, showers, toilets, kitchen and function room.

The new venue will be opening on Monday, March 29, following the Government’s roadmap which permits the resumption of outdoor sport this month and is eagerly-awaited by its owners.

The new artificial pitch at Elsea Park in Bourne. Photo: Elsea Park Community Trust
The new artificial pitch at Elsea Park in Bourne. Photo: Elsea Park Community Trust

Jono Brough, chairman of the Elsea Park Community Trust, enthused: “There have been many hurdles over the years and numerous times we have thought the project was not going to come to fruition.

“However, we have persevered and while there is still some outstanding work that should be resolved in the coming months, it is a huge achievement and a great addition to Bourne.”

The Trust has entered into partnership agreements with Bourne Town, Bourne Town Juniors and Thurlby Tigers.

These partnerships meet the funding requirements – the majority of which has come from the Football Foundation while construction company Kier have made a significant contribution as well as delivering substantial infrastructure through JJ Mac Ltd.

The facility is situated on Fontwell Park Drive in Bourne and the Trust feel it will be a huge asset to the community despite the current coronavirus restrictions meaning it won’t be able to operate at its full capacity.

Mr Brough added: “We are delighted to announce that the opening of the new pitch will be on March 29.

“It will be of significant benefit to the residents of Elsea Park, the three clubs with whom the Trust has entered into partnership agreements and everyone living in Bourne and the surrounding area who will be able to make use of it.

“While we will soon be able to open the pitch for organised sport, the lockdown restrictions have had a severe impact on the provision of site services which will prevent us for the time being from utilizing the facility to its full extent.

“Use of the pitch will initially be limited to daylight hours as mains power is not yet available for the floodlighting while the pavilion will be unable to open.

“As the restrictions are further eased and social distancing regulations removed, we will adopt a flexible response and react accordingly to expand our operations.

“We must strictly adhere though to whatever regulations are in force to ensure that we remain Covid-secure at all times. “

Private bookings can also be made and further information is available by e-mailing enquiries@agp.elseapark.co.uk

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