Bid to secure football investment

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A new partnership project could see additional investment in football facilities in Leigh. 

In April 2019 the council will start work with the Football Association (FA) to develop a Local Football Facilities Plan (LFFP). 

The FA use the football facilities plan as a tool to see if an area could benefit from any additional investment. 

The plan is expected to concentrate on football facilities, including 3G pitch provision, natural turf pitches, changing pavilion, and small-sided facilities. 

It will complement the work the council has already done through its playing pitch strategy which suggested there was a need for additional 3G pitches. 

There are already 3G pitches at Leigh Sports Village and Howe Bridge Leisure Centre but the plan could help secure funding to provide even more facilities to accommodate local clubs. 

The council and relevant community organisations could bid for investment which will provide sustainable facilities and venues for grass roots community football clubs. 

Officers will work with ward councillors to focus the work on the Atherleigh and Leigh areas. 

Councillor Nazia Rehman, cabinet member for resources, finance and transformation, said: “We are really keen to secure more investment in the east side of the borough. We are looking forward to progressing this work with the FA to see if there is any scope to bring further facilities to Leigh. 

“These would be in addition to the brilliant facilities available at Leigh Sports Village and Howe Bridge which has recently had investment. 

“As part of The Deal we want everyone in Wigan Borough, regardless of age, gender or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.”