The parish council is delighted to announce that grant funding has been secured to commence work on the first phase of improvements to the sports pavilion site on Marsworth Road. Phase 1 will see the replacement of a section of perimeter fencing, the installation of two sections of ball stop netting and an enlargement of the senior pitch. This will start to bring the site up to the specification required by the football league, improve safety for those using our site and help to make the site more attractive to users. We are most grateful for all the support received. This project has received £14,298 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund; £7,791 awarded by Aylesbury Vale District Council following a release of Section 106 developer contribution funds towards sport & leisure in the parish; Pitstone & Ivinghoe Junior Football Club have provided a donation of £300; Pitstone & Ivinghoe United Football Club (seniors) have provided a donation of £1,100 and the remainder has been contributed by the parish council. After a lengthy tender process, AlphaFence Sports & Security Fencing will be engaged to install the perimeter fence and ball stop netting, and Agripower are being employed to carry out the pitch enhancements. We anticipate that work will commence at the start of December. Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters. The council is in the early stages of scoping the development that may be able to take place as part of Phase 2, and we hope to come back to you in the new year with an update.