A new artificial pitch is to be installed at Clacton Leisure Centre.
The new 3G pitch will replace the existing sand-filled pitch, which is reaching the end of its lifespan.
Funding for the £670,000 project has come from the Football Foundation (just under £344k) and Essex County Council (£325k), as part of its wider redevelopment of the nearby school site, meaning the project is cost-neutral to Tendring District Council (TDC) – which has now agreed to accept the funding.
Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the facility was of great importance to the community.
“The usage figures, pre-Covid, show just how popular this artificial pitch is with more than 40 groups using it each week,” Councillor Porter said.
“This re-development, part of our Back to Business agenda, fits in nicely with our ongoing refurbishment of the health suite and pool changing areas inside Clacton Leisure Centre, and our planned project to rejuvenate the skate park too, showing just what importance we place on such facilities for our residents.”
As well as the new 3G pitch, a synthetic surface of artificial grass suitable for football, the replacement will also see new fencing and floodlights installed.
Planning permission has already been granted for the replacement, while other sites in the district have been sourced for hockey clubs who use the current pitch, but cannot use the replacement as it is not suited to the sport.