IT’S going to be ‘game on’ whatever the weather at playing fields which have been susceptible to flooding.

The John Eddleston Fields in Billinge is among 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s fund to improve and protect playing fields.

The John Eddleston Field Society has received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to improve the football pitches at Rainford Road. Remedial work will include levelling the pitch and regrading the surface which is aimed at helping to reduce fixture cancellations.

Society chairman Clifford Stockley and trustee Julie Smith are delighted: “These improvements mean that this sports facility can now be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.”

Sport England chairman, Nick Bitel, said: “We know how valuable playing fields are to communities throughout the country. This fund allows us to maintain and protect these spaces.”