BECCLES Town FC have been congratulated on the ‘amazing achievement’ of installing a state-of-the-art full-size 3G pitch at the club.
The new facility, which cost £770,000 and was aided by a £598,000 grant from the Football Foundation, was officially opened on Friday.
The ribbon was cut by former Norwich City midfielder Adrian Forbes at the pitch at The Nest, off Common Lane South.
Work started in mid-October on the floodlit 3G Football Turf Pitch, which measures 97m x 61m.
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Pictured at the opening of Beccles Town's 3G pitch are (left to right) Suffolk FA Chairman Phil Lawler, Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal, Beccles Town Youth Treasurer Paul Barford, Beccles Town Youth Vice-Chairman Mark Jermy, Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Jodie Allard and former Norwich City player Adrian Forbes, who officially opened the state-of-the-art facility.
It was completed in time to be used for the first time last month by the club’s under-16s and under-18s players.
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal told assembled dignitaries, who included Waveney MP Peter Aldous: “This is an amazing achievement for a club like Beccles Town to have a facility like this.
“We hope it will not be only life-changing for the players involved in the club now but in the future and for the whole town.”
Mayor of Beccles Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw said: “It is an amazing achievement to create these facilities here in Beccles. I can’t imagine the volunteer hours that went into ensuring the town has these facilities.”
Former Norwich City midfielder Adrian Forbes cuts the ribbon to officially open the new 3G pitch at Beccles Town FC.
Club Chairman David Leech said: “Some of you may know that recently I have questioned why we do what we do. I have only managed to find one answer – and that is family.
“Everyone at this club is part of our family, our community and our club. We have all started as volunteers but we have all grown to be friends and family.
“The support that people have shown me personally tells me everything I need to know about why we do it and why we love our town and our club.”
Beccles Town run four adult teams, including a ladies’ team, and 24 Youth teams, providing football for around 350 youngsters.
The club, whose first team play in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, won the Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year competition sponsored by Ransomes earlier this year for clubs at Step 7 and below.
Their main grass pitch has been put forward for judging in the national competition early next month.