The result of a seven-year project to create a centre of football excellence and community hub in Holbeach is set to be officially unveiled this evening.
Holbeach United Community Sports Academy, a £650,000 purpose-built sports complex with six grass football pitches, pavilion with four changing rooms and community area, will finally be opened to the public.
Ex-Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Celtic footballer Chris Sutton is due to cut the ribbon at the academy in Penny Hill Road, watched by players from Holbeach United Tigers Youth Football teams and other guests.
Stuart Clark, one of the trustees for the academy, said: “The late John King and his family have always been big fans of the community in Holbeach and before he passed away in October 2010, John left in his will a donation of 15 acres of land in Penny Hill Road to be used for the youth of Holbeach.
“Over the last three years, we’ve managed to get the funding in place to get the academy built and what we want to try and achieve now is for it to become a community-based facility for sports and community groups to use.
“It’s been seven years in the making and we’re really looking forward to both the official opening and our first Holbeach United Summer 6ixes Tournament this weekend.”
Ashley King, owner of Langwith Construction which built the academy, said: “My late father was a big supporter of Holbeach and one of his main projects was to assist in delivering a youth football school of excellence at Pennyhill.
“I can recall him being so passionate about making it a reality and I wanted to carry on his work in trying to realise his dream.
“Therefore, I am absolutely delighted that, after many years of hard work, a sports pavilion and youth pitches are being handed over as part of my father’s legacy.”