Uckfield’s all-weather pitch was opened by the town’s mayor Cllr Ian Smith yesterday while representatives from sports clubs looked on.
Then a whistle was blown by Gordon Buckland from the Grasshoppers Junior Football Club and members poured onto the floodlit pitch and launched straight into games with players from Uckfield Community Technology College.
Cllr Smith said finding land for the pitch and the funds to build it was a long and arduous task and there were times when it was felt all the efforts would be in vain.
But, he said, the working group, small in number but big in heart were determined to win through and would not give up.
“I want to take this opportunity in public to heap loads of praise on those working group members,” said Cllr Smith.
“And now, here we are today, to welcome a fantastic new facility to the provision for sports in the town. This state-of-the-art pitch will provide our growing town, and college students, with the very latest of facilities. Uckfield is now certainly very firmly on the sporting map in East Sussex.”
The sports pitch is in the grounds of Uckfield Community Technology College. Read more about it in the Uckfield News.com story published earlier this week.
See pictures from the opening below along with a video of the Grasshoppers in action.