I am calling for speedier action on providing better sports provision at March Estover Playing Field. I attended a six-a-side football tournament hosted by March Rangers Youth Football Club at the weekend and was overwhelmed by the huge support for the event, which saw over 70 teams compete over two days at the Braza Field in Elm Road, March, with players aged from under six up to under 10 taking part.
Teams came from as far afield as Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough and Norfolk to compete. The younger teams, under sixes and under sevens, played non-competitive development football while the older sides played competitive soccer. The under 10s included girls’ sides.
The turnout was amazing and just shows the level of demand for better football facilities in the town. We need to press on more quickly with Estover sports complex and I am eager to see just exactly what March Town Council and Cambridgeshire FA are planning and what the timescales are likely to be.
It is understood from March Town Council that plans are still in abeyance as they wait upon the receipt of the promised lease for the playing fields from Cambridgeshire County Council, which is expected to come through within the next week or two.
The council is reluctant to launch work on setting up a charitable trust and to undertake other pre-planning work before the lease has been received.
I want to see a state-of-the-art 3G pitch included in any plans to enable local teams to make full use of the facilities all year round and has previously met with Sport England and representatives of both the national and local FA to discuss March’s poor football facilities.