Hungerford’s new 3G pitch at John O’Gaunt School set for completion by October 2023

West Berkshire Council has announced that work will start this month on a new full-size 3G football turf pitch at John O’Gaunt Secondary School to replace the current smaller pitch which has reached the end of its life. The new pitch will become a key training venue for Hungerford Football Club and many other local clubs.

The press statement goes on to explain that “The £804,000 project had been identified by the Football Foundation and the Berks and Bucks Football Association as having potential for community use and has been supported by West Berkshire Council which is adding £75,000, which Greenham Trust is match funding with a further £75,000 and the Excalibur Academies Trust contributing £70,000. Hungerford Town Council has contributed £10,000 and Hungerford Town Football Club £6,350.”

Richard Hawthorne, Head Teacher of John O’Gaunt School (which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week) described it as “a real triumph of collaboration, heart, energy and investment in the present and future of our wonderful, wider rural community. First class facilities such as these will mean so much to the young people in the area, but also to their families and neighbours in the town, its satellite villages and environment.”

We are delighted to support this community project,” Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Trust, said. “It will bring a state-of-the-art facility to Hungerford to promote and develop football throughout the local community for years to come.  The new pitch will enable more people to have access to the facility in all weathers and reduce the need for teams to travel further afield for training purposes.”

This is what might be termed a ‘legacy” project, one the new Lib Dem administration which won the election in May inherited from its Conservative predecessor. Indeed, it is a “double legacy” one, as much of the work had been done by HTC, John O’Gaunt School and Hungerford Town FC before WBC became involved. Congratulations are also therefore due to Claire Barnes of HTC, Sam Tilling-Wells of JOG and Patrick Chambers of Hungerford FC as well as to the former portfolio holder Howard Woollaston.

Janine Lewis, the current West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Countryside, said that “the new, larger 3G pitch will be a great asset to both the school and local communities.” I also spoke to Howard Woollaston. He said that he was “very pleased that work was getting under way” and he looked forward to seeing the finished result. If all goes according to plan, he will be able to do this some time in October.

The image above shows a ‘proposal visualisation” produced by the project’s architects.

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