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And Sandbach United are hoping to start the season at their new ground.
The new complex is having an open day on the 26th of May.
Grassroots sport in Cheshire East is set to get a major boost when a new multi-million pound football complex in Sandbach opens its doors later this month. The partnership project between Cheshire East Council, the Football Foundation and Sandbach United Football Club (SUFC) has cost £2.2m and will see fantastic new state of the art facilities that can be enjoyed by the whole community. The Sandbach Community Football Centre, on Hind Heath Road, is home to:
A new all-weather full-size floodlit synthetic turf pitch;
Five full-size grass pitches;
Three youth-size pitches;
10 changing rooms;
Two large officials’ rooms;
A changing area and bathroom which is wheelchair accessible; and
An education suite with catering and office space.
A community open day is being held on Saturday, May 26, to mark the opening of the centre. A variety of groups will be present running stalls and demonstrations to raise money. In addition, there will be a bird of prey display, chainsaw carving demonstrations and live music throughout the day. The Roberts Bakery Brass Band will open the event. Everyone is welcome to attend and the gates open at noon. The formal opening ceremony is at 1pm.
The new complex is managed by SUFC and will be available for other sports clubs and organisations across Cheshire East to use. Forecasts indicate the facilities will be used by more than 1,500 people per week. There is further good news as the centre has been awarded Diamond Jubilee QEII Field in Trust status – meaning it will protect the area for recreational use under the Queen’s Charter.
The scheme has been made possible after Cheshire East Council and SUFC worked in partnership with Cheshire County FA, to secure a grant of £910,000 from the Football Foundation. A further £100,000 was secured from Sport England’s Whole Sport Plan. The combined total grant of just over £1m was match funded by the Council and supported by the club’s own fundraising.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “This really is an excellent facility and one that will benefit the entire community for years to come. To have secured funding for such a major project in the current economic climate is a major achievement and I would like to thank all the organisations involved for their hard work.”
Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity, said: “This project has been in the pipeline for some time and it is excellent to see it finally coming to fruition. In an Olympic year it will hopefully encourage even more people to play sport and experience both the health and social benefits it brings.”
Andrew Timms, Chairman of SUFC, said: “After many years of work by a team of dedicated volunteers, and invaluable funding and technical assistance from Cheshire East Council and the Football Foundation, we can now celebrate the official opening of the Sandbach Community Football Centre. This will provide football and other sports to the local community for many years to come. So, on behalf of all the current and future users, I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this dream become a reality."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community. The dedication and hard work of Cheshire East Council, Sandbach United FC and Cheshire County FA over a number of years has resulted in the successful completion of this project. Now the important work begins to ensure the facility remains sustainable and benefits as many people as possible. None of this would be possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government.”
Community Open Day:
Tickets are priced at £1 with under-12s going free, when accompanied by an adult. Admission on the day is £2.50.
Not sure if a koran is to be issued but an ideal way to tick the new complex.
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