New £2.5million sports hub opens in Droitwich Spa
A new £2.5million sporting hub that will inspire the next generation of Lions and Lionesses has been officially opened in Droitwich Spa.
The development includes a new floodlit all-weather 3G artificial pitch, a refurbished pavilion and new changing rooms. The development will increase the playing and training time available to local clubs and community groups, particularly for junior footballers.
As part of the project, Droitwich FC's ground, which is next door, has been upgraded with new seating and dugouts. This has allowed the club to return to playing its home games in Droitwich.
For the last four years they have been forced to play at Stourport as the ground would not meet the requirements to compete at a higher level. The new facilities meet current and future requirements to allow the club to play matches in Droitwich and provide the potential for further promotions.
The Football Foundation backed the development with a £460,000 grant while the rest of the funding came from S106 money – which is money given by developers to invest in sports and leisure facilities in Droitwich as part of planning agreements.
Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport, said: "Three years ago we started to talk about this project and it's wonderful to see the transformation that's taken place. This couldn't have happened without the help of the many great partners we have worked with.
"It's a wonderful facility for people of all ages, the whole community, and another example of how Wychavon is investing in sports and leisure facilities across the district."
Rob Lamb, Director and Treasurer of Droitwich FC, said: "This facility is already being used by people of all ages from juniors to those playing walking football. It's created a real buzz of excitement and we know from conversations we've been having that people are excited by the return of Droitwich FC to the town and will be coming to cheer us on."
Tim Kirkham, Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre Manager who will look after the hiring of the facilities, said: "I've been manager at Droitwich Leisure Centre since 1992 and the pavilion, changing rooms and football pitches have always looked tired compared to the facilities we have at the leisure centre – well not anymore."