Community organisations and partners celebrate the official opening of new 3G pitch at Redwell Leisure Centre.
Local sports clubs and representatives from Wellingborough Council, Places Leisure and the Football Federation celebrated the official opening of Wellingborough’s first 3G pitch on Friday 13 September.
The Leader and Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Martin Griffiths and Cllr Tom Partridge-Underwood, ward councillors Cllr Jon-Paul Carr and Cllr Malcolm Waters marked the opening of the 3G pitch with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a walking football showcase put on by players across the county and AFC Rushden & Diamonds girls playing inter club matches and training.
The pitch will enable sports clubs to train all year-round and has been made possible thanks to funding granted by the Premier League, The FA and Government, through their charity, the Football Foundation. It is operated by Places Leisure on behalf of the Council, and is available to book from 9am-9pm during the week, 9am-8pm Saturdays and 9am-4pm Sundays.
Quintin Allen, Sports Project Manager at Northamptonshire Sport who led the bid on behalf of the council said: “This facility is crucial to enhancing the sporting offer for residents of the Borough and I would like to thank all the organisations involved in enabling the concept to be realised, specifically our funding partners and facilitators the Premier League, The FA and Government funding through the Football Foundation, and of course the Borough Council of Wellingborough.”
Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, added: “I am delighted that the borough’s first all-weather outdoor pitch is now open for local sports clubs and residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy. It was fantastic to see a number of different sports clubs, and our fellow partners join us for the official opening event.”
Simon Churchman, Contracts Manager at Places Leisure, commented: "At Places for People Leisure we’re extremely passionate about helping local communities stay physically active and emotionally engaged in fitness, sport and well-being. I believe the new and exciting addition of the 3G pitch at Redwell Leisure Centre will be an extremely positive asset to achieving this for the people of Wellingborough."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The support of the Premier League, The FA and government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country. Their funding has played a key role in delivering this new all-weather pitch in Northamptonshire and I am delighted for everyone associated with the Borough Council of Wellingborough.
This is one example we want to make people in Northamptonshire aware of that they have the kind of quality pitches and changing rooms that are taken for granted in other cities. We will continue to support projects nationwide, but we cannot do this on our own, so we are encouraging organisations in the area to join our movement to deliver quality football facilities for people in Northamptonshire once and for all.
Taking part in community sport at any level offers many benefits and rewards, not least the opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and socialise with different members of the community.”
To find out more about Redwell Leisure Centre, Barnwell Rd, Wellingborough NN8 5LP visit https://www.placesleisure.org/centres/redwell-leisure-centre