The Central and Archery Area Panel has donated £4,000 to fund floodlights for a free football initiative across the town.
The panel, which distributes money on behalf of Eastbourne Homes, to local causes to improve neighbourhoods, gave the money to enable Albion in the Community sport sessions to run all year in local parks and multi-use games areas.
As part of a special get-together to celebrate the funding, young footballers had the opportunity to meet Brighton and Hove Albion player Solly March at Seaside Rec. Solly is from the Eastbourne area and is particularly popular with budding footballers.
Sarah Roberts, the Community Initiatives Officer at Eastbourne Homes, said, “This is the second year of the free football programme and it’s proved to be a big success with both boys and girls.
“The sessions give youngsters somewhere to go and have reduced anti-social behaviour.
“We were pleased that Central and Archery Area Panel decided to support the sports sessions.
Eastbourne Borough Council member Margaret Bannister, the cabinet portfolio holder for community services, said, “It is wonderful that Central and Archery Area Panel are funding new floodlights for this initiative.
“Albion in the Community has been very popular over the last year and has done some great work with our young people.
“The floodlights will ensure that sessions can continue even in the dark winter nights, giving young people somewhere to go.”
Regular sessions are held at:
• Willingdon Trees MUGA multi use games area – Mondays 5pm to 6pm
• Archery Rec – Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm – (starts Nov 4)
• Shinewater Park MUGA – Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm
• Tugwell Park – Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm
• Kingsmere MUGA – Fridays 6pm to 7pm
• Ocklynge Junior School MUGA– Fridays 7pm to 8pm
The organisations which have funded this second year of sessions are Places for People, Amicus Horizon, Raglan Housing Association, Police Crime Commissioner and Premier League Kicks. For more information and to register for a free session call 07921 253085