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New pitch for young footballers

PUBLISHED: 22:00 22 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 March 2010

KESGRAVE'S fledgling footballers will be able to hone their skills on a newly opened football pitch this season.

The pitch is part of a £280,000 sports ground development, off Millennium Way, Kesgrave, which includes a clubhouse with facilities for showers, changing rooms, a kitchen, stores and a club room.

KESGRAVE'S fledgling footballers will be able to hone their skills on a newly opened football pitch this season.

The pitch is part of a £280,000 sports ground development, off Millennium Way, Kesgrave, which includes a clubhouse with facilities for showers, changing rooms, a club room, kitchen and stores.

It was opened by Ipswich Town footballers Lee Beevers and Chris Hogg, along with Paul Milbourne, of Kesgrave Kestrels football club, and Don Whinney, chairman of Kesgrave Town Council.

Around 200 people attended the opening, which was marked by a special football match involving the managers of Kesgrave Kestrels' football teams, who dressed up in drag outfits.

Although the football pitch will be the home of Kesgrave Kestrels, it is planned to open up the area to other sports.

Henry Ferguson, of Kesgrave Town Council, said he hoped other sports, including cricket, athletics, volleyball and girls football, would also make use of the area.

"It will be a tremendous benefit to the community and will be particularly useful," he said.

The opening of the new sports ground marks the end of a two and a half year project to convert the former agricultural land into a recreation area.

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