FOOTBALL fans will soon be able to enjoy a game of 5-a-side football on five new modern pitches at Prospect Park after the decision was made to refurbish the current 3G pitches.
The courts, which opened back in 2007, are to be improved with new artificial turf being laid providing a better playing experience and securing the future of the site. This will also ensure the courts can be used without the need to close them for repair as experienced in the last few years.
The turf system uses rubber crumb to simulate natural grass characteristics for football and is recognised by the FA for use for 5-a-side. In addition to the high quality playing surface it is durable, safe, and provides a year-round playing surface with the ability to withstand regular use and all kinds of weather. It will enable a significant increase in participation, and will ensuring more individuals and communities benefit from it.
Councillor Paul Gittings, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services said:
“The provision of modern and readily accessible facilities is vital in ensuring participation in sport and physical activity. Through the modernisation of these facilities we hope to see an increase in participation in sport, and will be a further step towards delivering a better quality of life for the residents of Reading.”
Works will mean that the pitches will be closed from Monday 8 May for approximately five weeks so as to avoid the football season and the school summer holidays, when usage is at its highest. Regular hirers of the pitches will not be affected by the closure as alternative pitches will be offered during this time.