Devon

Princetown Football Club gets pitch

A football team in Devon which has to make 16-mile (26km) round trips to the nearest town to play home matches is to get its own pitch.

Princetown Football Club has been awarded £50,000 for a new home ground with junior and senior pitches.

The pitch will be protected from development for 25 years. Previously players travelled eight miles (13km) to Tavistock to play matches.

The money has been awarded by the National Lottery and Sport England.

Olympic legacy

Club secretary Anna Homden said: "We currently have no sports facilities and in a very rural and deprived area that's made it incredibly hard for people to get involved in sport.

"Having our own pitch will help our young residents to take up sport and will honestly change lives."

The funding has come from the Protecting Playing Fields fund as part of the Olympic legacy.

Chairman of Sport England, Richard Lewis, said: "With all of these playing fields safe from development for at least a generation, communities across the South West can look forward to years of sporting enjoyment."

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