New Forest District Council (NFDC) has provided £250k towards a new 3G sports pitch at The Burgate School and Sixth Form in Fordingbridge.

Work on the new pitch starts today (Monday 18 September). The development will enhance existing facilities at The Burgate School and Sixth Form and will be open for the school and wider community to use from February 2024.

Cllr Derek Tipp, portfolio holder for planning and economy, said: “The Burgate School and Sixth Form is well placed geographically for an improved open space in Fordingbridge.

We have worked with the school to develop an open space that will benefit the local football and rugby clubs as well as being open for community events.

It will be a major boost to all weather sports provision in the town and will allow multiple practice or match sessions to operate at the same time.”

“Housing developers of new properties in Fordingbridge have been required to contribute per new house towards new playing pitch provision and associated facilities in the town. This allocation is a first step in such sports facility improvements for the town. We look forward to seeing the space being used for a variety of sports and providing affordable access for all.”

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country.”

“Good quality playing facilities have a transformative impact on physical and mental health and play an important role in bringing people together and strengthening local communities.”

“This grant award to The Burgate School and Sixth Form towards developing a new 3G football turf pitch is fantastic news for the local community and will help give more people access to a great place to play.”

Read more about the plans in the Planning and Economy Portfolio Holder’s Decision document at: