Pitch perfect for Longwell Green sports

March 26 2022

Pitch perfect for Longwell Green sports

AN ARTIFICIAL-grass pitch will allow football enthusiasts to play in Longwell Green whatever the weather.

The new 3G pitch – synthetic grass at the ideal height for playing football – has been installed in Shellards Road behind Longwell Green community centre.

It has been funded by grants, including one from the Football Foundation, and is operated by Longwell Green Community Sports.

Paul Griffin, general manager of Longwell Green football club, said the club’s 900 junior and 150 adult members would be a core user of the new pitch.

He said: “We’re in the process of making sure as many people in the community are able to take advantage of the new pitch.”

New mixed, walking football sessions for over 50s are starting at 10am on Wednesdays. They are aimed at all fitness levels and don’t require any prior experience. Similar women-only sessions will begin in May.

A girls’ Wildcats football session begins on Thursdays at 4.30pm from 7 April. It is aimed a five- to 11-year-olds.

The club is also launching sessions for younger boys, from Reception to Year Three, who didn’t start with a football club when they were younger but would like to try out the sport. They will run at 4.30pm on Wednesdays from 27 April.

The club’s pan-disability group, which runs on Thursday evenings, is already using the new pitch. 

"The club, already attended by 50 players, hopes to attract even more disabled children aged six to 16 now they have the new pitch.

Mr Griffin said: “We’re delighted to have this new pitch and we want to make sure we’re as diverse as possible as a club so everyone has a chance to get involved.”

For more details on any of the sessions please contact Mr Griffin at goaliegriff@tiscali.co.uk