Football fever is coming to Slough as the 3G pitch has been laid at the £7.9million Arbour Park Community Sports Facility (CSF).
On Thursday representatives from Slough Borough Council (SBC), Slough Urban Renewal and developers Morgan Sindall were given a tour of the site in Stoke Road.
In the first phase of work, which is due to be completed in August, a football stadium where Slough Town FC will play its home games and a four-court sports hall for nearby St Joseph’s Catholic High School are currently being built.
A permanent home for Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy is also part of the site.
Work began in September and since then the steel frame for the football stands has been installed and the 3G artificial pitch has been laid.
Changing facilities for players, a ticket office and a bar will also be built on site.
It is hoped the CSF will help lower high inactivity levels in residents and will encourage more people to be more active which is one of the council’s key outcomes.
Cllr Joginder Bal, commissioner for the environment and leisure, said: “It is going to be an excellent facility for the upcoming generation to use.
“There is a problem with obesity in the town at the moment especially in young people so I hope the CSF will encourage more young people to exercise more.”
The second phase of the development, which will not interrupt the overall opening, involves the installation of a conference room in the main stand and is due to be completed next year.
Fin Garvey, SBC’s manager for the project, said: “I am extremely pleased with how the project is coming along.
“There have been a number of challenges along the way but Morgan Sindall has managed to deal with them.”
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