An appeal for funds to cover essential drainage work to the playing fields in Waddington is being made by the village football and cricket teams and other regular users of the facility at Twitter Lane.
Suffering desperately from water logging, the fields are used at less than half capacity for most of the winter months, hindering all sporting activities. The required work has an estimated cost of £50,000, so lottery grants are being sought to add to the £9,000 of donations already given from village organisations including the Sports and Social Committee and the cricket and football teams.
An open appeal to all villagers is being made, as the improved facilities will benefit not just today’s sports enthusiasts, but will ensure the ground is fit for purpose for generations to come.
Donated to the village in 1924, the playing fields were given with the intention that they would be for the benefit of all villagers, young and old. Currently, many of the games are held elsewhere because of the condition of the field, so the teams are not getting regular support and the community doesn’t get to share in the enjoyment of supporting their teams.
Spokeswoman Liz Haworth said: “As a community, we used to host many events, such as the village sports day and annual bonfire, but the field can’t be relied on if the weather has been poor and on many occasions events have had to be cancelled.”
l For updates “like” the Facebook page Waddington Sports, Social and Playing Field Committee or to donate, call Liz Haworth on 07966 388843.