Three of the nine leisure facilities operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) are to receive upgrades to their outdoor sport pitches, taking them from sand-based, all-weather pitches to third generation (3G) surfaces.
The first of the three sites to get the upgrade is Chirk Leisure & Activity Centre, with work just started, on 30 January, taking around 4-6 weeks. Queensway Stadium is second to commence towards the end of March with Morgan Llwyd Leisure & Activity Centre the final project, commencing in July.
The £300,000 refurbishment is in partnership with WCBC and will see the facilities vastly improved to include new; 3G playing surfaces, goals, line markings, fencing and equipment which all together will enable the facilities to host a wide range of sports including football matches and training, futsal, hockey and much more.
Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “Wrexham has one of the largest Junior Football leagues in Wales and for them alone these new pitches will be invaluable. We also support many other clubs and groups and look forward to continuing to do so, including welcoming new users to enjoy the new facilities. 3G pitches are the most significant and successful development in synthetic surface technology to date, designed for a number of sports at both competitive and recreational levels. It is very hard wearing and capable of taking the pounding received by the demands of training and competition.”
Wrexham has one of the largest Junior Football leagues in Wales and for them alone these new pitches will be invaluable. 3G pitches are the most significant and successful development in synthetic surface technology to date, designed for a number of sports at both competitive and recreational levels.Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager
“We are now taking enquiries and early bookings for the three new pitches and therefore are inviting any local clubs or individuals who enjoy pitch sports to get in touch now. As well as traditional bookings the facilities will be available for birthday parties, soccer camps and proposed football leagues over the coming months.” Harris adds.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “Given the popularity of youth and community sports across Wrexham, we know that the upgrade of these three pitches to 3G facilities will make them prized assets.
“I would encourage any clubs, classes or training groups to register their interest in using the pitches as soon as possible – their bookings will no doubt fill up fast.”