Leicester City legend Steve Walsh is set to open a new £89,000 state-of-the-art football hub in Ashby next week, which will benefit the local community “for many years to come.”
Walsh, twice a League Cup winner with the Foxes, will conduct the formal opening of the 3G hub at 6.30pm next Tuesday (October 25).
The redevelopment of the former sand-based facility, which is part of Ashby Leisure Centre and Lido, was delivered at a cost of £89,000 by Everyone Active in partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council and the Football Foundation.
Pitches were transformed by installing 3G surfaces and adding new floodlights, new goals and new fencing.
Duncan Gibb, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said that the new facility would benefit the local community for “many years to come.”
“The Hub has been upgraded to Football Association specification in order to give the best possible playing surface and surroundings, and the whole area is looking fantastic,” he added.
“It will serve people of all ages and abilities and will allow them to be active on state-of-the-art pitches that will be available year-round.
“Ashby 3G Football Hub is going to be a superb facility for the local community for many years to come.”
Cllr Andrew Woodman, NWLDC Portfolio Holder for Community Services will also be present at the hub’s official opening, which will take place at 6.30pm.
“The Ashby 3G Football Hub is a great addition to the quality sporting facilities available at the leisure centre, and will be a draw for players from the grassroots and beyond,” he said.