Work is now underway to replace Aldersley Leisure Village's ageing artificial outdoor pitches.

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The centre's two AstroTurf pitches, which are used primarily for hockey and five-a-side football, are being given a £440,000 makeover which will see the old ones taken out and new pitches laid down.

The pitches cover almost 8,000 metre squared. The work got underway on Monday (1 July, 2013) and is expected to take around 2 months to complete. A fun day at Aldersley Leisure Village featuring sport taster sessions is planned to mark the official opening of the new pitches on Sunday 8 September, 2013.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: "These pitches are very popular but they have been in use since 1998 and so are beginning to show signs of wear and tear.

"I'd ask everyone who uses these facilities to bear with us while the work takes place but I am sure they will be delighted with the improvements we are making."

People can use the alternative indoor facilities at Aldersley Leisure Centre while the work is being carried out. Please note that these should also be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

The city council received a £99,000 grant from Hockey England towards the cost of the improvement work, which is being carried out by Wolverhampton City Council's Property Services team and Blakedown Sport and Play.

The old pitches will either be cleaned up and reused at other sports facilities in other parts of the country, or recycled and made into new pitches or rubber matting for equestrian sports.

  • released: Thursday 4 July, 2013