Monday, 28 May 2012

Young athletes and footballers celebrate start of work at Rowley Park sports arena

Picture shows Cllr Smith with sporting students from King Edward VI High School.
Young athletes and footballers today celebrated the beginning of work on the main phase of a redevelopment of one of Staffordshire’s top sporting arenas.

The £800,000 project will see the creation of a new state-of-the art 3G all-weather football pitch. Car parking and changing facilities are also being improved, while the tennis courts will be refurbished and a new throwing area developed.

The work is being partially funded with a £337,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure was joined at Rowley Park today by young footballers and athletes from nearby King Edward VI High School.

He said: “This is crucial for the future of Rowley Park as a multi-sports venue. It will greatly increase the available use for grassroots football by all ages.

“The improvements are a continuation of work which will benefit thousands of people. It is a matter of fact that football is the most popular sport and the sport with major money to invest. We have therefore worked with the Football Foundation and Staffordshire FA to bring about these latest improvements.

“We have consulted with athletics at both local and governing body level over the last 12 months. They realise increasing the overall number of people using Rowley Park is the best way to secure long-term funding for athletics facilities. The popularity of football is therefore working for all sports.

He added: “A new throwing area will be provided within the park at a far more appropriate location. It will be suitable for our local athletes and at least the equivalent of what they have had until now.”

Any teams interested in booking the new floodlit pitch at Rowley Park should contact Sally McDonald on 01785 619542 to express their interest in being given priority use as demand for places is likely to outstrip availability, particularly at peak times.

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