Green light for sports park

A NEW multi-million pound sports park for Crick has moved a step closer to completion.

The plans will see the creation of a new facility which will have a senior football pitch, four junior pitches, a cricket pitch, two tennis courts and a pavillion on the playing field just off Yelvertoft Road.

It will cost around £1.2 million and the wheels are in motion after the park was given planning permission by Daventry District Council on Wednesday last week.

Crick Parish Council submitted the application but fundraising has been undertaken by members of Crick Athletic Football Club.

Committee member Ian Gidley said after the meeting: “The problem we have is the current pitch is on a slope and has no drainage, so when the pitch gets waterlogged, it very quickly gets unplayable.

“It does lead to games getting called off or postponed which means we either get behind with fixtures or play at other venues.

“The club is actually thriving, we have two senior teams and 10 junior teams so the facilities at the moment don’t meet the current demand.”

He also believes villagers from Crick and the surrounding area will benefit once the new sports park is in place.

Mr Gidley added: “The cricket pitch is another important element.

“Crick Lions presently have no cricket pitch, so this will provide them with an all-important home and facilities.

“There is nothing like this in the village at the moment, so people will have to travel far away, but with this on the doorstep, it is going to be good for people in Crick and the nearby villages.”

Fundraising has been taking place over the last few years to build the sports park which has included quiz nights and taking part in village events. The club has applied to numerous sporting organisations for grant funding as well.

No timescale has been put on the plans but it could take several years before it is finished.

Mr Gidley said: “We will be looking at doing the work in several phases. The first of this will be the senior football pitch, two junior pitches and the car park which will cost around £200,000.

“We would hope to start work on the first phase in April next year but that would be us thinking ambitiously. It is more likely we will start this time next year and then the senior football pitch would be ready for September 2013.

“The whole thing, I reckon will take around five years to finish but it is not set in stone.”