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Burnham seeking permission for 3G pitch

8 years ago By Matt Robinson

BURNHAM have made the decision to seek approval from the Zamaretto League to install a 3G pitch at The Gore.

Each year when the calendar reaches December, local sports clubs up and down the country begin to count the cost of match postponements.

Snow and ice wreak havoc across the local sporting scene as match officials deem surfaces dangerous and unplayable.

This year it has come early. Last weekend fixtures across the board fell victim to the big freeze. Football, rugby and hockey all had to take a back seat as the cold snap took hold.

Blues chairman Bob Breen said: “The committee discussed it this week and we’ve now written to the league asking for permission to change the pitch for next season.

“For me, it’s the way forward. It offers sustainability for clubs at our level.

“First and foremost you’ve got your competitive matches which will always go ahead but then you can hire the pitch out for the rest of the community.

“I know that in the Northern Premier, Woodley Sports and Durham City use 3G pitches and as far as I’m aware at least one of those clubs is now debt free.

“That’s because of the revenue the pitch generates. It gives clubs the chance to become sustainable.”

Breen added: “One of the drawbacks is currently the FA don’t let clubs play on them in the FA Cup.

“But personally I don’t see that as a strong reason not to go ahead with it.”

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