People of all ages in the Ashford and Stanwell area can look forward to decades of high-quality sport after Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club secured £37,650 from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy.

Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club will use the investment to restore a disused, dangerous pitch at the Robert Parker Stadium site, creating a new place of all of the club’s 19 teams to train and play.. 

The Protecting Playing Fields fund is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

General Secretary, Gareth Coates, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this investment, which means we can continue to grow as a club. One of the key aspects of the Olympic legacy is to increase participation in sport and the restoration of this pitch will help us to opportunities to play for the whole community.”

Overall, 163 projects have benefited from a total of £7.8million of investment from the three rounds of Protecting Playing Fields funding, with 495 pitches and nearly 1,900 acres protected and improved, and 57.4 acres of land purchased.   

The playing field will also be protected from developers for at least 25 years, creating an enduring benefit for sport.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “Thanks to this investment, generations of young people in Ashford and Stanwell can look forward to playing sport on great sports pitches. Playing fields are vital sporting resources for local communities so it’s vital that we provide both investment and protection.”

Hundreds more playing fields are also set to benefit from a further £4 million over the two remaining rounds of Protecting Playing Fields, with the fourth round opening for bids before Christmas.

Protecting Playing Fields builds on the work Sport England already does to safeguard playing fields as a statutory consultee on all planning applications affecting a sports playing field.