The £1.6 million project to create a new community sports hub in Chester has received a huge boost in the form of a grant from The Westminster Foundation.

The King George V Sports Hub project in Blacon is being led by Chester FC Community Trust and Chester West and Cheshire Council.

The Westminster Foundation is led by the Duke of Westminster, and will commit £520,000 over the next five years to the project.

The plans for the site were given approval by the council’s planning committee at the end of 2020.

Jim Green, chief executive at Chester FC Community Trust, told Chester FC’s website: “We are thrilled The Duke of Westminster is supporting this project and greatly appreciative of the enthusiasm and understanding he has shown for the many benefits it will have for Blacon and sport in Chester.

“This will be a place where sport’s ability to transform lives, help young people fulfil their potential and create stronger, healthier communities will be brought to life, and this grant includes a significant contribution to the costs of building the sports hub and funding over the next five years to design and deliver projects that engage and improve local communities.”

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