Residents in Harrow and the surrounding areas will be pleased to know grassroots football will receive a much-needed boost thanks to a local leisure centre unveiling its new 3G Artificial Grass Pitch later this month.
Bannister Sports Centre, managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Harrow Council, has been closed following the UK wide lockdown. Despite the impact from Covid-19, works have not been halted and members will soon benefit from the installation of a 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), due to open from week commencing 28 September.
The new 3G AGP was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government funding through the Football Foundation. After netting a £400k grant from the Football Foundation, work begun on the site in June 2020 replacing a grass pitch that had been in poor condition and had been prone to waterlogging.
The full size floodlit 3G pitch is perfect for all ages and abilities, from keen football enthusiasts to those looking for a fun day out. The new facility can be split to accommodate 9 a side, 7 a side and 5 a side matches or can be used as a full 11-a-side pitch once combined. Anyone looking to secure a space to try out the new football pitches can do so via the Everyone Active website or app for casual bookings, or contact Harrow Leisure Centre directly for block bookings.
The new facility will be used by Partner Clubs including Watford Football Club Community Trust, Kodak Football Club, and Parkfield Football Club. The facility will also be made available to hire to the general public including local community organisations and local schools.
John Sewell, Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said: “The new football pitch will benefit many and we’re looking forward to seeing our members try it out for the first time.
“Not only is football a great game to help adults keep active, our pitch is perfect for introducing kids to the game too. It helps them to learn all the skills and tricks, but in a less physical environment.
“If you’d like to book a space on our 3G pitch from the end of September, please call our team or head to the centre to register your interest.”
The grant has enabled Harrow Council to significantly improve community access to 3G Artificial Grass Pitches for football of which there is a shortage in Harrow.
Cllr Keith Ferry, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Employment, added: “This is the kickstart we need to enable a greater number of people to enjoy the lifelong benefits of sport and getting active.
“Whatever the weather, everyone from families and beginners to professionals and amateur teams can make use of this amazing facility – and all have a ball together.”