Lottery cash is set to boost Horncastle’s sporting facilities

Action from a Horncastle Hockey club game on the all-weather pitch

Action from a Horncastle Hockey club game on the all-weather pitch

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A sporting facility in Horncastle is set for a shot in the arm thanks to a significant hand-out from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The town’s Playing Fields Association - in conjunction with Horncastle Hockey Club - has been awarded £76,000 by Sport England.

The cash, which comes from the National Lottery, will help replace a ‘worn out’ all-weather pitch at the popular Coronation Walk/Wong site.

The pitch is used by several town based clubs - and local schools.

It will cost around £181,000 to replace the entire surface.

With cash already secured - and the possibility of a further £70,000 in grant funding - there will still be a £10,000 shortfall.

As a result, the Playing Fields Association - backed by the Hockey Club - is launching a scheme called ‘Pitch In.’

It will enable individuals and businesses to buy a one square metre area of the new surface for £2.

Dot Payne, chairman of the Playing Fields Association, described the Sport England hand-out as a ‘tremendous boost’.

She explained the pitch was introduced 20 years ago and was only ever meant to have a life span of between 10 and 15 years.

Mrs Payne added: “Basically, it has seen better days. It’s worn out and needs replacing.

“A new surface would boost participation at all levels and encourage more people to play sport which surely is a positive thing.”

Mrs Payne said she was confident the ‘Pitch In’ idea would be popular and revealed several individuals and businesses had already indicated their support.

*Woodhall Spa Tennis Club has also received a grant of £38,500 from the Inspired Facilities Fund.