Youngsters celebrated as the mayor officially opened the newly refurbished 3G Astro-turf at West Glebe Park pavilion in Corby.
Corby mayor Peter McEwan cut the ribbon to the pitch and welcomed Hellenic FC Juniors on for their coaching session on Tuesday night.
The facilities are great here at West Glebe, it is central, emergency access is good and the new 3G Astro-turf is better for the kids to learn onFabienne Thomas
Due to a successful funding bid to WREN, the £41k refurbishment was completed in August, replacing the sand based pitch with a 3G rubber crumb pitch.
In 3G turf, the artificial grass blades are supported by a thin base layer of sand, and by an infill of rubber crumb.
The rubber infill particles help to keep the fake grass fibres upright and replicate natural playing characteristics of real grass.
The rubber crumb can also help to cushion players’ muscles and joints during training and matches to prevent injury and strain.
Since the new pitch has been refurbished, Corby Council says the response from football clubs has been fantastic with most evening slots being filled and Hellenic FC planning the move of all 12 of their junior teams to West Glebe at the start of the October.
Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “Since opening in 2007 West Glebe Park Pavilion has been a real asset for teams and lovers of sport.
“Thanks to the funding from WREN the newly refurbished Astro-turf is a welcomed upgrade to the facility and has already shown to be very popular.
“We hope that our residents will enjoy many games on the new rubber crumb pitch.”
Fabienne Thomas, vice-chairman of Hellenic FC Juniors, said: “The facilities are great here at West Glebe, it is central, emergency access is good and the new 3G Astro-turf is better for the kids to learn on so we are very pleased to be moving all of our teams to the new pitch.
“I would like to thank Corby Borough Council for accommodating us and providing all of the teams with a space to train at the facility.”