Shropshire Star

Work begins on improving football pitch with new surface and goals being fitted

Improvement work has begun on a football pitch in Telford.

Work on the 3G pitch at Oakengates Leisure Centre has begun. Photo: Google

Work on the 3G pitch at Oakengates Leisure Centre has begun, with work scheduled for completion in July this year.

This investment is part of the £4.6million commitment from Telford & Wrekin Council for leisure services announced in 2022.

Footballers who play on the pitch at Oakengates Leisure Centre will soon get to enjoy a new surface which is currently being replaced.

The project also includes installing new full-size goals, as well as upgrades the floodlighting to LED lights to support the council’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Councillor Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for climate action, green spaces, heritage and leisure said: “We know just how important our council owned leisure facilities are to all our residents.

"The 3G pitch at Oakengates is a really popular facility used frequently by local schools and also by residents for recreational and competitive football all year round.

"That’s why we continue to invest, develop and grow our facilities to ensure our sites are the best they can for everyone who uses them.

“The LED floodlight upgrades are also a particularly exciting element to this project which will generate savings of around £16.3k in energy every year for the council.

"This work is being completed now so that these savings kick in later this year.”

3G, or 'Third Generation' surfaces, are designed to offer similar playing characteristics to playing on natural turf, mimicking the ball bounce and ball roll.