A DECISION will be made tomorrow (Thursday, February 13) about the development of sports pitches across West Berkshire.

West Berkshire Council (WBC) has been working with Sport England and local sporting bodies to develop a document to guide the investment, development and improvement of playing pitches over the next ten years.

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The West Berkshire Playing Pitch Strategy covers hockey, cricket and rugby as well as football.

It will be introduced by councillor Rick Jones, executive member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, cllr Jones said: "This is an important document which gives us a good insight into the capacity and quality of outdoor sports pitches in West Berkshire.

"It's been drawn up in partnership with local sporting organisations and following input from local clubs who have been given the chance to have their say.

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"I'm grateful to all those who helped us shape this document - it's an excellent starting point to help us promote and continuously improve our local playing pitches.

"We recognise that the local youth, ladies and adult teams require some facility improvements as they progress in their leagues. "We also are aware that there is a need for more artificial playing surfaces, and better access to some pitches, particularly at schools

"This strategy will help us support local high profile clubs with the most appropriate facilities."

The council has appointed a consultant to look at options for new football facility to permanently home the high performing teams such as Newbury Football Club and Newbury Ladies, as well as making the venue available to community sports.