Flooded playing fields will be a thing of past in Helmdon, thanks to a £61,800 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Works to improve the drainage at the site, next to Helmdon Primary School, will begin later this year with the aim of completion by the school’s sports day in July.
Head teacher Jacqui Johnson said: “We had to cancel our sports day last year because the field was flooded. Currently the field is like a swimming pool, it is dreadful and it has been for the last few years.”
The school will also extend its asphalt playground and create a new tennis court. The total cost of the works will be £79,500 which means the school will need to fundraise a further £17,700 through events and grant applications.
Mrs Johnson said: “Once they have put all the drainage in everybody wil be able to use the field. The tennis court is something the children would like and the community as well.”
While Helmdon Primary School is the main user of the playing fields, off Station Road, they are also opened up to the public in the evenings and weekends.
The space is popular with sports clubs and families alike. As well as forming part of the school’s playground, the fields are also home to swings, a slide and trim trail.
l Helmdon Parish Council is currently carrying out some improvements to the steps to the slide. The council is spending £4,500 on replacing the worn out wooden steps with durable rubber ones. It is hoped the works will be complete by April.