THE COMMITTEE of a local sportsfield association say they are in a constant battle to maintain equipment and keep the playing area open due to lack of funding.

The Ebberston Sportsfield Association needs to raise a total of £12,000 to resurface the multi-court sport area, and if they are not able to raise it the field may have to close over the summer which is peak time for the club.

Allan Hall, event co-ordinator of the association said that a lack of central funding from government and local authorities means it is a constant struggle to keep the facilities at the sports club maintained.

He said: "It's a safety aspect as much as anything. The surface is becoming unsafe and unfortunately if we don't get it done we could have to close it down and nobody wants to see that happen.

"It is a constant struggle because we have no central or local authority funding and although we do receive some grants we are a completely voluntary organisation."

The committee have organised a race night at the ground on Saturday, July 19 to raise as much money as possible to contribute towards the resurfacing work of the sports area.

Allan said: "We are hoping to raise about £1,000 from the race night and we will continue to do other fundraising activities as well. Some contributions will come from various grants we have applied for.

"All of the local businesses and sponsors have provided significant support for us."

Recent initiatives have seen CCTV cameras installed at the ground and additional netting put in to provide an even safer environment for children to play in.

The first race will start at 7pm and the bar will be open from 6pm. Entry is free and there will be a food and a raffle as well.