Dons stars turn out to open new sports facility

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MK DONS players David Martin and Gary MacKenzie were on hand to officially open a new sports facility in Newton Longville on Sunday.

Tattenhoe Youth FC chairman Craig Pirie organised funding from Sport England to regenerate the previously unused facility on the edge of Milton Keynes, and the club will now benefit the most after £43,000 worth of work has made it one of the best places to play sport in the area.

With the recently laid astro turf making play possible all year round, Tattenhoe Youth – one of the city’s newest junior clubs – will be able to play their home games at the site, although other sports, including netball, will also be played there.

>> Meanwhile the England and Wales Cricket Board, in partnership with Sport England, has announced that the Woughton Sports Pavilion has been awarded a grant of £11,710 towards the cost of two non-turf match play pitches.

The Buckinghamshire Cricket Board and the ECB identified the Woughton Sports Pavilion for support because of the potential cricket development opportunity in the Milton Keynes and North Bucks area.

Clifton Simms, the newly appointed cricket development officer based at the Sports Pavilion, said: “We have two cricket playing areas on this top grade multi sports venue which includes the MK Dons Academy, four football pitches, hockey, tennis, softball and baseball and we are very keen to increase participation in this area.”

“These excellent synthetic cricket pitches will provide match play opportunities for the schools’ cricket programme, the district age group representative matches, and we also intend to promote adult and inter-company social matches through a relatively new format of the game known as last man stands.”