ILFRACOMBE Academy has put in a planning application for a new state-of-the-art artificial pitch to provide much-needed community sports facilities for the town. The third generation 60 by 40 metre floodlit pitch is proposed for the old tennis courts in front of the school, currently used as a playground and the application also seeks permission for eight disabled parking spaces. The facilities will be used by will be used by Ilfracombe Town Football Club as well as other sports clubs in the area. It is proposed it will be open between 9am and 9.30pm on week days and 9am to 5pm at weekends. The project has been led by the school, in partnership with North Devon Council and the football club. It was made possible after £211,000 in grants was secured from the Football Foundation, together with £20,000 from the Fullabrook Community Interest Company, taking the total to £316,000.