Enthusiastic players welcomed a new artificial grass pitch a Great Notley Country Park.

The Third Generation (3G) surface was opened officially opened last weekend after an £83,000 investment from Braintree District Council and Great Notley Football Club.

Dignitaries from Braintree Council, Essex County Council, Great Notley Football Club and Community Iron opened the pitch.

Community Iron is an independent charity affiliated to Braintree Town Football Club.

Chairman of Braintree Council, Councillor Angela Kilmartin said: “It was a pleasure to welcome all the members from the local football teams and I would like to thank the organisers for bringing everyone together.

“It was great to see players of all ages enjoying themselves and how the resurfacing of the pitch has improved the spirit of the game.”

Richard George, Chairman of Great Notley Football Club added: “This new pitch means we and others will be in a position of continuing to train and play football to the highest level in our case with the children of the local area.”

For more information contact csc@braintree.gov.uk of call 01376552525.