King’s dream could soon 
be a reality

A businessman’s dream to create a lasting legacy for young people in Holbeach could soon be a reality.

Town stalwart John King died in October 2010, but not before donating 15 acres at Penny Hill which he hoped would one day be used for a football facility.

Upon his death the baton was picked up by John’s son Ashley and later this month the plans will finally be considered by South Holland District Council – and are likely to be given the go-ahead.

As well as six grass football pitches – three senior pitches and three mini-soccer pitches – and a sports pavilion, the scheme also includes 26 affordable homes and four houses for sale on the open market.

A report to go before the planning committee on January 22 reads: “The present Holbeach United FC facilities are inadequate for the needs of the club and these plans will provide for progress and growth.

“As a strong community-based club, the new pavilion and pitches will provide a wider community benefit.”

Holbeach United Youth FC would use the site for teams ranging from under sevens to under 18s, as well as two girls’ and a ladies’ team.

Matches would be played at weekends with evening training sessions.

Nearby University Academy Holbeach is supporting the plan and has expressed an interest in its pupils using the facilities.

One pitch would not be fenced off so it would be available for casual community use at all times.

The planning committee will be recommended to approve the plans, with a number of conditions, including that the football facility is built before work begins on any houses.