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£4m scheme launched in Sheffield

A £4m cutting edge scheme to deliver a new sporting and community hub for south east Sheffield has been submitted to city planners.

The Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA has exciting and far reaching plans for the development of a community football centre on the site of the former Westfield School.

The Westfield Community Football Centre will see the development of a sporting hub for the community, the engagement and regeneration through sport to build a better and healthier future for residents and the relocation of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA to the 28-acre site.

Currently the site, which used to house the old school sports centre, offers eight poorly drained pitches with vandalised changing facilities used by just over 20 weekend football and rugby union teams.

Community programme 

The future vision, through an organised development and community programme, available seven days a week, sees numerous 11-a-side, nine-a-side and five-a-side weekly football matches, rugby union teams training and matches, jogging, cycling and archery clubs, as well as coach and education courses for 1,500 attendees.

Facilities proposed for the site include a full size third generation artificial floodlit pitch with stand, five-a-side pitches, up to eight grass pitches for football and rugby, a Fitness Unlimited gym built and managed by Sheffield International Venues, jogging and cycle track, physiotherapy clinic, community multi-purpose meeting rooms and classrooms, social facility and changing rooms.

A new access route will be created via Moss Way as part of the plans.

The SHCFA has been working closely with the Westfield community including Mosborough Miners Welfare, who have managed the site for the past five years.

Grassroots participants 

It is hoped the relocation of the County FA’s office to the site will allow its activities including seminars, coaching, courses, tournaments, festivals, conferences and events to be centralised helping to cut down on current expenditure on hiring facilities, as well has being the hub for providing the infrastructure for 120,000 grassroots participants in the region.

Funding for the community project is expected to come from grants via The Football Association, The Football Foundation, Sport England and the Rugby Football Union plus some capital from the County FA. Naming rights and sponsorship opportunities will also be considered.

Building would start in 2012 once funding and planning timescales are finalised, with a view to the site opening in 2013.

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