Exeter City FC charity coming to Exmouth sports ground

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 April 2017

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A sports ground in Exmouth is to be taken over by a charity which says it wants to use the site for a 'pioneering sports hub'.

Football in the Community (FITC), a non-profit organisation linked to Exeter City Football Club, has been named as East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) preferred partner, subject to contract, for Warren View Sports Ground. Although at an early stage, the initial plans are said to include a multi-use synthetic surface pitch, as well as an education hub and other multi-sport facilities.

FITC is also looking to involve other partners in the project and will seek additional funding and grants from sport governing bodies.

The first phase of the project will see FITC seeking the views of the local community, sports clubs and current users.

The ground was previously occupied by Exmouth Amateurs Football Club, before EDDC withdrew its lease last year.

Councillor Darryl Nicholas, EDDC’s lead for sport and recreation, said: “I am delighted that we have chosen FITC as the organisation to take over the running of Warren View. This excellent sports and education charity has a proven track record in delivering first class community projects.

“The regenerated Warren View facility will play an important role in improving the quality of many people’s lives.”

Jamie Vittles, head of Football in the Community, said: “Although our roots are football, we are all about physical activity and education for all.

“We value feedback on the project and welcome opportunities to interact with interested parties.”

Interested parties can contact FITC’s Catherine White by emailing catherine.white@ecfc.co.uk.

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