The grass is greener for young players at Kings Langley FC

The Kings Langley FC Youth teams have been celebrating the completion of their new pitch. Picture (c) Eddie Dillon
The Kings Langley FC Youth teams have been celebrating the completion of their new pitch. Picture (c) Eddie Dillon

As the football season drew to a close this summer, the Kings Langley FC Youth teams had something extra special to celebrate with the completion of their new pitch.

As part of the club’s annual presentation day at Gaywood Park, more than 300 boys and girls were on hand to see the presentation of a cheque from Sport England to the club for the completion of their new pitch

Measuring a whopping 85mx58m, the new pitch will allow Kings Langley to provide two additional 7-a-side pitches, and one 9-a-side or full adult-sized pitch.

It will be the first new pitch built in the area for many years and will enable thousands of children and adults to enjoy the beautiful game.

Kings Langley’s fortunes were given a welcome boast last year after more than four years of fundraising to secure the £40,000 needed to buy disused farm land.

The Kings Langley fundraising team, with the help of sport development officer Gemma Roake from Dacorum Borough Council, put in a funding application to Sport England as part of the legacy fund programme.

And their hard work was rewarded with a £50,000 grant towards building the new pitch.

There is an open invitation to other sports clubs and groups to take advantage of the ground as KLFC is committed to allowing other non-footballing groups to use its facilities.

Andy Mackness, chairman of KLFC, said: “This is a great achievement for the club, parents, local supporters and residents who have donated so much over the years.

“The completion of the pitch will enable us to grow our youth programme even further.

“However, our fundraising work does not stop here as we are now inviting local businesses to help us provide additional resources to help keep our new pitch secure and maintained. We are also looking to improve our main clubhouse facilities.

“Any local firms who would like to support and build on the successes of our club and share in using the facilities, we would love to hear them.”

Sport England chair Richard Lewis added: “Thanks to this investment, generations of young people in Kings Langley can look forward to playing sport on great sports pitches.

“Playing fields are vital sporting resources for local communities so it’s vital that we provide both investment and protection.”