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Grant Holt to kick-off town’s new artificial football pitch

PUBLISHED: 15:07 07 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:19 10 January 2019

Grant Holt taking part in the Norwich City Legends friendly match at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Holt taking part in the Norwich City Legends friendly match at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Former Norwich City captain Grant Holt will be guest of honour at the kick off of a new artificial football pitch in Wymondham.

The Canaries striker, more recently a new star in the wrestling ring, will help kick off the opening ceremony for the state-of-the-art pitch at Kett’s Park that will be used by local sports clubs, organisations and community groups.

It is estimated the new surface will see an increase of 1,150 people playing football at the site over the next five years and increase of almost 500pc.

It is also hoped it will provide a significant boost to the number of women playing football with 240 new participants anticipated.

The new 3G artificial pitch at Kett's Park in Wymondham that is set to be unveiled by Grant Holt. Picture: South Norfolk CouncilThe new 3G artificial pitch at Kett's Park in Wymondham that is set to be unveiled by Grant Holt. Picture: South Norfolk Council

The £1.2million project was funded through a combination of contributions from South Norfolk Council, £250,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy, via the Greater Norwich Growth Board, and £394,292 from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund.

It has enabled the council to install the new floodlit 3G artificial pitch, replacing a natural grass pitch that was unsuitable for the playing demands in the local area.

The grant will also be used to improve Kett’s Park’s remaining grass pitches that, along with other turf pitches in the town and surrounding area, are prone to waterlogging.

South Norfolk Council cabinet member, Yvonne Bendle said: “Everyone has been working hard to get this project finished so that local residents can start enjoying the benefits of this fantastic new sporting venue.

“This is an example of partners working together to provide the sporting facilities and opportunities that our residents have been asking for. It’s important that we invest in the infrastructure that Wymondham needs to service the increased demand of a growing town.”

You can find out how to book the new pitch by visiting south-norfolk.gov.uk/leisure

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