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A newly inaugurated floodlit 3G football pitch is now open for public use at Partington Sports Village in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

This state-of-the-art pitch, costing £1.05 million, marks the addition of the venue’s second full-size 3G pitch. It is operated in collaboration between Trafford Leisure and The Dean Trust.

The initiative to secure funding for this project saw The Dean Trust spearheading efforts, forming a collaborative working group with partners such as Trafford Leisure, Trafford Council, the County FA’s for Cheshire & Manchester and the Football Foundation.

After thorough funding applications, the Football Foundation granted £801,000 towards the project, complemented by capital funds from The Dean Trust and a contribution of £200,000 from Trafford Council.

Trafford Council’s investment is part of a broader successful bid for £18.3 million in Government Levelling Up funding. This funding aligns with Trafford Council’s sport and physical activity strategy, Trafford Moving.

In addition to the football pitch, Partington Sports Village will see enhancements to its BMX track and related facilities. The project also includes renovating the Cross Lane Park changing rooms and constructing a trim trail around the park, aimed at improving access and promoting walking and running activities in the area.

Jo Cherrett, CEO, Trafford Leisure, said:

“This new pitch will establish Partington Sports Village as a centre of excellence for sports in Greater Manchester.”

“The extra capacity will mean even more grassroots teams and groups will benefit from the facilities. It’s fantastic that we have had a big uptick in girls and women wanting to play football, with Partington Sports Village already being home to a dedicated girls and women’s league.”

“Building on from the legacy of the Women’s European Championships, which were hosted in Trafford, we hope this new pitch and the refurbished changing rooms on Cross Lane Park means we can meet the demand for even more women’s football.”

“Trafford Council is committed to improving the health and fitness of residents across the borough and has made reducing health inequalities and addressing climate crisis top corporate priorities.”

Taun Kapur CBE, CEO of Dean Trust, said:

“This new facility will further enhance opportunities for the wider school community and for community groups and football teams in the South Trafford area.”

“We’re particularly pleased that we are able to provide the majority of usage for women and girls, in this exciting growth area of football. Many thanks to all partners who have made this dream a reality.”

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