Surrey CCC are to spend £20,000 on renovating the dilapidated football pitch in Kennington Park.
The works, which have started in recent weeks after being delayed by the recent unseasonal weather conditions, will be carried out by the same world class contractor who regularly works on the outfield at the Kia Oval.
The aim is to return the pitch to top condition and allow local teams and ‘kick-about’ footballers to once again enjoy a quality local surface to play on.
The pitch is currently unplayable, meaning local footballers have been using the outfield of the park’s nearby cricket pitch, unintentionally hampering the ongoing work to restore the Kennington Park cricket facilities back to their previously good standards.
Once the work has been completed, it is hoped that the footballers will return to the new football pitch, allowing the ongoing improvement works on the cricket pitches to continue and competitive cricket to one day return to Kennington Park.
The £20,000 project, which underlines Surrey’s commitment to the Lambeth community, has been funded through donations made by corporate box holders at last year’s Investec Test Match between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval.
The works are being overseen by Surrey CCC Head Groundsman Lee Fortis who said: “We’re hopeful of creating a really good new football pitch in Kennington Park over the next few months.
“We’ve been trying for a little while to get the improvements started on the cricket pitch and outfield but people playing football there have always set us back. However, without a good football pitch, we realised the cricket outfield was the best option!
“By doing this work we hope to both give Kennington’s young footballers a new place to play and also start to move forward with our work to bring the cricket pitch back to life.”