Sheffield on the ball with new football hubs

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The site for a third multi-million pound football hub in Sheffield has been selected.

Subject to planning permission, the £6 million facility will be based on the site of the former Westfield school, Mosborough.

Sheffield Council has teamed up with The FA to invest in new football hubs in a bid to get more young people playing football on top-class facilities.

The first two new football centres are currently under construction at Graves Leisure Centre, Norton and Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, High Green.

The third will boast two full-sized 3G pitches, three grass pitches, a fitness centre, changing rooms and an education room.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “The main aim is to halt the decline in football and turn it from a sport that requires subsidy into one that generates surplus, that can be invested in future facilities and the development of the sport.

“Football is Sheffield’s biggest team sport with over 800 teams, the majority of which are junior and youth teams. It is significant for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits.

“This partnership with the FA is a great thing for our city. I’m delighted to see this grassroots scheme moving forward with the announcement of the third football hub site, which will also create a fantastic new public health facility in the south east of Sheffield.”

Kelly Simmons, The FA’s director of participation and development, said: “The vision of building football hubs in up to 30 key cities and towns has begun and we applaud Sheffield for leading the way.”