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Heybridge Swifts to go 3G

They are flying high in Step 4 and now Heybridge Swifts have announced to plans to install a brand new 3G pitch in time for the start of next season. 

Speaking to the club’s official website, Swifts Chairman Gary White said, “It is for a new 3G pitch in the main stadium. We were looking at the possibility of having a 3G pitch out the back for our training and youth teams, but parking, logistics and prohibitive costs made that unrealistic, so we are going to replace the main pitch instead.”

White admits that while the club’s manager Julian Dicks is perhaps more of a fan of a traditional grass pitch, the former West Ham and Liverpool defender is fully on board with the new plans.

The Chairman went on to say, “He (Julian) said he is ‘not a lover of 3G pitches’ but understands the huge benefits it could bring and the ‘real world’ pressure and costs of maintaining our excellent pitch.

“Our pitch takes a lot of hard work to maintain and the cost of doing so is probably about £20-30,000 a year. So it was something we needed to look at.”

Heybridge are currently sitting in 4th place in the Bostik North and and look set for an appearance in the end of season play-offs this summer.

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