28th Feb 2022
Following a successful design and planning process, S&C Slatter were delighted to commence construction on a new full-sized 3G football pitch at Frickley Country Park.
With construction now well underway, we were thrilled to host local councillors on site to see how the project is making progress.
Our in-house design and planning team worked closely with the council and Tri-Sports Consultancy to produce a football pitch design specification that best suited the needs of the local area, as well as the proposed pitch location. Design visualisations and drawings were produced in support of the planning application, which was approved in July 2021.
We were delighted to then be selected by the council to see our designs through to fruition, with construction on the new pitch commencing in late January.
The new full-sized artificial turf 3G pitch will feature the high-performance XM7 artificial turf system from our exclusive partners FieldTurf – FIFA Preferred Turf Producers. The pitch will include a variety of line markings to support both match play and training, allowing for 11-a-side and small-sided play, maximising usage for the local community.
With works underway, we were delighted to welcome councillors from South Elmsall Town Council and Wakefield Council, who awarded the funding, to visit the site.
Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, commented:
“It’s great to see this exciting work getting underway to support community football, which is really popular with children and adults. With as many as 108 teams in the south-east area alone, once open it will be accessible to a range of community groups, schools and local football clubs. “
Working with the FA to encourage local people to participate in football, the pitch forms part of Wakefield Council’s Playing Pitch strategy. The strategy encourages investment and sports development programmes in the district as well as promoting opportunities for residents to get involved.
With more than 150 juniors footballers using grass pitches each week, the council’s aim is to more than double this number with the introduction of the new 3G pitch.
Suitable for between 60-80 hours of usage per week, compared with 6-8 hours per week for natural turf surfaces, the new 3G football pitch will support players of all ages and abilities, offering a safe, consistent, and high-performing playing service all year round.
Cllr Steve Tulley, Chair of South Elmsall Town Council, said:
“Community football is hugely popular with both adults and children, and these brilliant facilities will make a difference, as they can be used all year round for games and for training.”
We are delighted to be supporting the council and FA to promote football in the local area with the new 3G pitch, and look forward to revisiting the site to see the completed pitch this summer!
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