Leicester

Leicestershire football team given recycled pitch

Dunton and Broughton Rangers FC Image copyright Dura Sport
Image caption The pitch would have gone to landfill

A community football club has been given a recycled pitch to save it from being sent to landfill.

Dunton & Broughton Rangers FC in Leicestershire were given the turf from a local company that provided a five-a-side pitch in Canary Wharf during last year's World Cup.

The club has struggled to find money for new facilities and its junior teams had been forced to train elsewhere.

Chairman Rich Richards said all their teams could now train together.

The club has had to be based over three sites in two Leicestershire villages, and so found it difficult to apply for grants to develop facilities.

"The big benefit is for our children's teams," said Mr Richards. "It is great the kids now have got a proper training facility on a proper surface which is something that we have never had before."

Richard Key, from the Leicester-based Dura Sport, which installed the pitch, said it would have gone to waste and could now benefit the community and young footballers.

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