THE government has invested £12,823 to improve sports facilities across the Isle of Wight.

The funding comes as part of a £68 million investment programme to support more than 1,700 new and improved multi-sports grassroots facilities across the UK.

The focus behind the initiative is on increasing participation among under-represented groups, such as women, girls and those with a disability. 

Isle of Wight County Press: Steyne Park in Bembridge will get new goalposts thanks to government funding.Steyne Park in Bembridge will get new goalposts thanks to government funding. (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Island sporting facilities to benefit from the investment include Brighstone Recreation Ground, home to ladies' football club, Wight Eagles FC, and Steyne Park, where Bembridge Youth FC play. 

Both will benefit from having new goalposts. 

The Peter Henry Ground, home to Brading Town FC, will also benefit from new fencing. 

Welcoming the additional investment in Island sporting facilities, Island MP Bob Seely said: “Grassroots facilities are essential for nurturing future sporting talent and encouraging people to get active, which benefits their physical and mental wellbeing.

“I’m delighted these three Island sports clubs will benefit from this additional investment.”