Work is now underway on an ambitious project to create a grassroots football hub at the King George V Playing Fields at Cosham, Portsmouth.
Portsmouth City Council is working in partnership with the Football Foundation and Hampshire FA on the development, which will see one ‘super-size’ and one full-size 3G football pitch being installed at the playing fields. A number of existing grass pitches will also be retained.
SAPCA member, S&C Slatter, was selected to deliver the construction of the hub, after the project secured planning permission earlier this year.
John Fisher, Contracts Manager at S&C Slatter, said the project will provide local communities with high-quality football facilities totalling 17,500sq m, bringing with it a wealth of benefits to the area.
“We will be delivering an innovative and bespoke pitch marking solution specifically to provide for 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11-a-side games,” Fisher said.
“The versatile and configurable pitch markings provide 23 layouts within the ‘supersize’ pitch and 13 within the full-size pitch, supporting all ages and abilities.”
The designated pitches laid-out for all ages means that more games can be played concurrently, offering an increase in capacity and giving the opportunity for more children to join football teams and take up competitive and recreational sport.
S&C Slatter is collaborating with LST Projects on the construction project, which is expected to complete in late summer.
Councillor Steve Pitt, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Economic Development, said: “It’s important for us to provide an affordable football hub, without compromising on the artificial grass pitches.
“This is a much-needed development for the north of the city and will enable more children and adults to participate in football, whatever the weather.”