Work Reaches Next Phase on Manadon Sports Facility
Work to transform old artificial football pitches into a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is well underway and now reaching the next phase of development.
Argyle Community Trust and Plymouth City Council have teamed up to create a new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre that will be one of the best in the city. Work on the site has been broken into phases, with the first phase complete and open to the community. Plymouth locals now have access to a Football Associated standard third generation (3G) artificial playing pitch, together with floodlights and security fencing that allows them to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility either through Trust related programmes or for general Community use.
The new 3G pitch is already proving popular with regular sessions of Adult and Veterans Six-a-Side leagues, over 50’s Walking Football, Community use and has even seen Argyle’s First Team squad use the facility during pre-season training.
Based on the site of the former Ministry of Defence pitches on St Peter’s Road, the Manadon Sports and Community Hub is now in its next phase, which sees the steel frame work of the two-storey pavilion put in place. The pavilion will offer a permanent office for the trust, a four changing room complex, a training room and a multi-purpose space for meetings and social functions.
The development of two new junior grass football pitches and a new artificial cricket wicket with eight grass wickets is soon to be undertaken, along with improvements to the car park and entrance to the site.
Funded by the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, Sport England and the England and Wales Cricket Board, supported by contributions from the Council and the Trust, the new facility will inspire people from across Plymouth and beyond and is expected to increase the number of people taking part in physical activity at the site from 17,500 a year to 30,000.
By transferring the facility to the Trust as a community asset it ensures local people have a say in its running and allows it to make more sport, more accessible to the wider community.
The Manadon Sports and Community Hub project will create employment, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities as well as access to training, development and life skills courses for young people.