A community sports facility celebrates the opening of a new Astroturf pitch.

The refurbished, floodlit pitch at Woodrow High House, Amersham was opened last month by Wycombe Wanderers footballer John Mousinho and the Mayor of Amersham, Councillor Martin King.

Owned by the Federation of London Youth Clubs, Woodrow High House is visited by almost 5,000 young people each year. Many come from disadvantaged areas of London for a weekend in the country and to enjoy sporting activities or training. These visitors can now use the new pitch, as will youth football teams from the area.

The pitch replaces an old facility that was installed 23 years ago but had become worn and was dangerous in wet weather.

It was built with the help of a £20,000 grant from the Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity, dedicated to revitalising the game at grass roots level through constructing facilities and developing football as a force for social cohesion.

The Sherling Charitable Trust also provided some of the funding for the project.

Roy Hickman, the centre director of Woodrow High House, said: "This new facility is superb.

"I know it will foster a keen interest in sport both from our inner city membership as well as from numerous local youngsters who wish to play football.

"We are really grateful to the Football Foundation and the Sherling Charitable Trust for enabling the development of this important project."

* The work of Woodrow High House is dependent on donations. For more information, or to make a donation, call Roy on 01494 433 531.