Prince Henry's Grammar School's Head of PE, Dave Curtis, tells us why the 3G is so important to our local community.
**UPDATE 31st January 2022** - we are now just £11,000 short of our total fundraising target**
This is thanks to donation commitments from member clubs which have yet to be added to the total campaign.
**UPDATE 4th February 2022**
We are extremely grateful to local business, Shadow Brewing, who have confirmed that for every pint of beer they sell this weekend, they will donate £1 to the Crowdfunding page.
Thank you to Ian Shutt for his generosity. Please get yourself down to this fantastic local business this weekend and support Ian and his micro-brewery, enjoy some fantastic ales and help us get the 3G pitch.
*UPDATE 5th March 2022*
We are now just £5,000 shy of our target.
Who Are We?
Under the umbrella of Sport Chevin, we (Otley Town AFC, Weston Lane JFC, Pool FC, Old Otliensians RUFC, Otley RUFC, Otley Zebras, Otley Netball Club) are working together to raise around £50,000 for the construction of a multi-use all-weather artificial grass pitch at PHGS, Otley.
Why Do We Need Your Help?
This funding is to cover the shortfall in funding required to make this pitch become reality.
What Funding Have We So Far Received?
Prince Henry's Grammar School has completed its own fundraising and has secured funding through the Football Foundation. We have also been successful in receiving a funding grant from Otley Town Council as they know the benefits the pitch will bring to the community.
As sporting clubs, we want to be part of this community effort to achieve the funding required to make this pitch become a reality for Otley.
Why Do We Need This Pitch?
This will help to increase the sports provision in Otley and reduce the need for our clubs to travel out of Otley for training or matches due to the lack of such facility in Otley. The new pitch will have a shock-absorber pad underneath the surface making it suitable for matchplay in rugby as well as supporting football, athletics and other sports.
Otley is the only town in our local area without such a facility, and currently, we as clubs have to travel out of area to use such a facility at a great cost to our members. By having a 3G pitch in Otley, we will be able to reduce costs for our members and also reduce vehicles on the road and help meet Otley 2030 priorities to reduce traffic, carbon emissions and our negative impact on the environment.
Who Will The Pitch Benefit?
The new facility will enable clubs to increase sports provision for girls, women, people with disabilities and veterans.
What Benefits Will It Bring?
All of our sports clubs and the local community will be able to take advantage of this fantastic facility once it is built, which will have significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the people in Otley and the local area.
Reducing The Impact of COVID-19
We are all aware of the importance of physical exercise on our physical and mental health and this has been shown to be more important as we make our way out of the covid-19 pandemic and get people back outside and back exercising in groups/teams to increase our social lives.