IMPROVEMENTS are on the way for grassroots football in Copeland and the borough’s MP has met with clubs to discuss their plans.

MP for Copeland Trudy Harrison met with representatives of the Football Association and Active Cumbria to discuss proposals which could improve football across Copeland and Allerdale.

A range of projects have been identified to benefit football in the area through the Copeland Local Football Facility Plan. The initial programme of nine projects could include 3G football turf pitches, improved grass pitches, changing rooms, pavilions and small sided facilities.

The plan will be “the go to document for football investment in Copeland.” It was produced by The Football Foundation, a partnership between Government, The FA and Premier League. Copeland Borough Council, Cumberland and Lancashire County Football Associations, Active Cumbria as well as grassroots clubs, supported the plans.

Each project included in the plans is not guaranteed the green light, each project will have to follow an application process.

Mrs Harrison said: “Every child and adult should have access to quality community sports facilities and equipment, and I look forward to working with the Football Foundation and local partners to help the 161 teams across Copeland improve their local facilities, as well as supporting aims to double female participation and increase provisions for those with disabilities.”

“I was pleased to meet with the FA and Active Cumbria this week to discuss projects for potential investment in Copeland.

“Grassroots football is an integral part of many local communities, helping to keep people active, as well as having a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing.”

Luke Johnston director Whitehaven Football Club Limited and Chairman of Whitehaven AFC said: “We are currently developing a concept plan to further develop our facilities and to expand our offering of sport to the community. The development is currently in early stages. We are liaising and working with various bodies to ensure our plans are feasible.”

“Once we have further developed our plans we will release further information and consult with the local community. A huge thanks to Trudy Harrison MP and Copeland Borough Council for their support."