King George V Stadium pitch with corner flag

KGV Fence Fund Hits £30,000

Guisborough Town’s ambitious plans to bring Junior football back to the KGV playing fields have surpassed a major milestone by topping £30,000 by the end of May.

This highly impressive funding achievement means the club can now press ahead with the nuts and bolts of actually building the fenced-in football pitches adjacent to the main KGV Stadium.

A major boost to the fund has been provided by the generosity of the North Yorkshire-based Polyhalite mining company Anglo American.

Fund the Fence Project Manager Mike Thompson commented: “I am delighted to announce that the money received from Anglo American has enabled us to pass the £30,000 milestone which only five months ago seemed like a ‘pie in the sky’ target.


“We have also been successful in our Football Foundation applications for a funding contribution towards new goals for the pitches, grass maintenance equipment and a new storage container.

“Meanwhile, more constructive discussions are ongoing regarding other potential funding partnerships – so fingers crossed on this,” added Mike.

Key next steps now include awarding the contract for the fence installation in keeping with planning expectations, which is now a critical path for the project overall.

Other important tasks include the procurement of goals for the pitches, in line with the Football Foundation boundary conditions.

Mike added:  “A massive thanks for everyone who has supported our efforts so far – the vision to bring Junior football back to the KGV is looking increasingly real.”

Craig Hignett, Guisborough’s Head of Development, commented:  “This really has been a magnificent achievement by everyone concerned to progress this far so relatively soon after the appeal was launched at the start of the year.  

“It absolutely supports my decision to accept Guisborough Town’s invitation to become their new Head of Development,” added Craig.

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