Bolton Council has announced the start of work on a new 3G pitch in Westhoughton, to support participation in sports, and promote health and wellbeing amongst young people and adults.
The pitch will be built on an existing shale pitch at Westhoughton High School and after completion will be used both by the school teams and by the local community.
Local company GreenFields has been selected by the council and school to deliver the new pitch and has now started work on the site. The company has built 3G pitches at football clubs and schools across the country, and will be getting students at the school involved in the construction and allowing them to visit the site regularly as the work takes place.
The pitch should be completed by March 2017, in time for the school and community teams to use it for the spring and summer season.
This will be the first of three new 3G pitches to be completed, as part of £1.5m of capital funding, which the council agreed in February 2016.
The location for this pitches has been chosen based on the infrastructure already in place and the pitch can be managed by an existing facility or building.
These pitches will add to the six 3G pitches already approved or operating in Bolton; Ladybridge Football Club; ESSA School; Bolton Arena; and St Catherine’s Academy; a recently completed one at Bolton Lads and Girls Club and one more in development at Ladybridge High School.
The new facility will be managed via the council’s agreement with Bolton Community Leisure Trust with a pricing structure similar to that which has been adopted at the new 3G pitch at Bolton Lads and Girls Club and is proposed at Ladybridge High School.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Councillor Ebrahim Adia said: “We are delighted to have started work this new pitch in Westhoughton. This new pitch will provide modern, high quality facilities for the school and local community teams in the area. We hope that this and the other new 3G pitches will attract more people to get involved in sport, as well as improving health and wellbeing across the borough.”
Paul Milton, Commercial Director of GreenFields said: “We are delighted to be working with our local council and Westhoughton High School on this project, it is an exciting partnership for us and for the community as a whole.”