A Cornish football club is looking for public input on its plans to build a new, floodlit, all-weather pitch that is estimated to cost in the region of £1million. 

Helston Athletic FC has been working alongside the Cornish FA to compile a business use case for a full-sized, floodlit, all-weather 3G pitch for its Kellaway Park ground.

In order to support the club's business case submission, Helston AFC is seeking expressions of interest from organisations, groups, schools, colleges, sport clubs and businesses that would be interested in hiring the facility on a regular basis.

The club is working with the FA in support of securing a £500,000 grant towards the project and is looking for any business or organisation that would be able to express an interest and perhaps offer any match funding to help provide the all year round facility which they aim to use for the health and wellbeing of our community.

Club chairman, Paul Hendy, said: "We identified this an area of development for our facilities several years ago and have been progressing it, although it's been relatively slow.

"So we wanted to try and speed things up a little bit.

"The plan is to have a full-size 3G pitch at Helston, and for several reasons.

"Obviously for during the winter months, but all of our 25 team, from the seniors down to the under sevens, have had periods where we just can't play any football at all, and we wanted to address this.

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"We've had open workshops with outside resources who went around the county and identified that there was a requirement for some kind of all-weather facility in the Helston and Lizard area.

"This supported our case and we're obviously very keen to have this at Helston Football club.

"So the next stage is to build a usage plan to demonstrate that it would be used and wouldn't be a white elephant.

"We've had good feedback from schools in the area and a number of sporting clubs as well but we wanted to get back out and make sure that there isn't anyone that we might have missed and hadn't given them the opportunity to declare an interest.

"It's not just for the football, it's to help people to become active and we've got the support of the local NHS.

"It's also about mental health and wellbeing, getting people out and getting them involved.

"So it's not all about football, the facility would be there for other groups too.

For further details, or to submit an expression of interest, please e-mail paul.m.hendy@btinternet.com or call 07740 812555.