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Gravesend astro sports pitch on brink of closure

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 July 2012

The only full-size astro sports pitch in Gravesend is facing closure if funds are not raised for the surface to be replaced.

The Gravesham Sports Trust, a charity set up by volunteers 15 years ago to build the pitch, says about £250,000 is needed for a full resurface of the well-worn turf.

The original built was funded by lottery money but recent applications for grants have not been successful.

The pitch, at Gravesend Rugby Club in Donald Biggs Drive, is used by schools and senior clubs, including hockey, football and children’s summer camps.

Karen Mills, secretary of Gravesham Sports Trust, said: “We believe this pitch, along with local clubs and associations, plays a very important role in encouraging the community to become more active, engage in exervise and try new sports. However, the pitch now has seen better days but if the funding isn’t secured then it will have to be closed down.”

Contact the Trust via gsportstrust@googlemail.com with donations or funding suggestions.

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