A Chadderton-based football club is looking to raise funds in order to have a new 4G artificial pitch installed.
Chadderton Football Club, based at Falcon Fire Stadium on Andrew Street, is hoping to raise £90,000 in order to reach the £170,000 required.
Through the installation of an artificial pitch, the club is looking to become a community hub and ease pressure on local teams needing pitches.
Heath Ravey, who is a member of the club’s committee and helps to manage the facility, explained how getting the 4G pitch could help the community.
He said: “We have teams that have to play all over the place but there is a limit on how much we can play on our pitch.
“An astroturf pitch would free up a lot of hours and slots for other teams and other clubs.”
Chadderton FC merged with Chadderton Juniors a few years ago, meaning there are a lot of different teams who need pitches to train and play on.
However, with grass pitches at risk of getting damaged if played on too much, the club is stretched for facilities to accommodate all their teams.
The club managed to get the approval of the Football Association (FA) for the pitch on the basis the club can raise the funds.
Mr Ravey said: “The main thing was getting their eyes on the facilities and when we told them about the juniors, their ears pricked up.”
After that, the FA approached the club with a new package of funding.
Mr Ravey explained that they would be able to trigger a bigger pot of funding as they raised more money.
He said the club had managed to raise some money through “grants, donations and through the juniors’ parents” and was looking to hold some fundraising events in house.
Along with freeing up a lot of hours and slots for football teams in need of pitches, an artificial pitch would allow the club to provide better sessions for the players and could help other organisations in the community.
Mr Ravey said the club wants “to become a real hub in the Chadderton and Oldham area” by allowing other organisations in the community to use the facility for sporting activities.
Anyone interested in making a donation is asked to get in touch with the club to find out more.