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Herne Bay eye 3G as long-term solution to solving pitch problems at waterlogged Winch's Field

13 February 2014
by Andrew Gidley

Ron Boddy

Ron Boddy

Herne Bay are embarking on a project looking into the possibility of installing a 3G pitch at Winch’s Field.

The club’s committee discussed the idea at a recent meeting, with matchday and media secretary Peter Guise now charged with the task of investigating the cost involved, set to be in the region of £400,000, as well as funding and feasibility.

Bay, who haven’t hosted a Ryman League, Division 1 South game for two months, are already planning refurbishment work on their existing pitch this summer, with any move towards an artificial surface set to take place ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Guise said: “The first thing is to find out the facts rather than the hype about 3G.
“I am attending a seminar organised by 3G4US being hosted by Maidstone United later this month, which will be attended by several other interested clubs."

Meanwhile, Bay are applying to Viridor Credits Environmental Company for help in funding this summer’s work.

Grants are available for local community, conservation and heritage projects and treasurer/commercial manager Ron Boddy said: “We qualify as the club is situated within 10 miles of the company’s landfill site at Hersden."

Bay are  hoping the weather improves ahead of the visit of Worthing next Tuesday.

Mr Boddy added: “The whole situation regarding the weather has made things difficult.
“Three club events and a couple of private functions have helped bring in revenue while the club’s committee are doing their best to help balance the books.”

Nathan Eastwood is unavailable for the trip to Eastbourne Town on Saturday (3pm).



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