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The pitches at Silksworth
The pitches at Silksworth
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A sports facility is looking pitch perfect after a major cash injection.

Sports and leisure operator, Everyone Active, is reviving the football pitches at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre, after investing £300k to replace and reopen them to the public.

After being closed for several years, Two 11-a-side and six 7-a-side pitches are being given a new lease of life and will be fully flood-lit. Repairs and paint work will also be carried out on the pitches’ kickboards and surrounding fences.

Dean Randall, Everyone Active’s general manager at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre, said: “It’s great that we’re able to invest funds into the pitches and allow local people to make use of them again. The centre as a whole has undergone a huge transformation and the pitches will be a fantastic addition to the wide range of state-of-the-art facilities available here.

“The pitches are ideal for anyone looking to start up a team or any existing teams looking for somewhere nearby to play. Once they’re opened, we will be introducing new Everyone Active leagues and will have various discounts available, including for block bookings.”

The pitches will open to the public in early August. The centre will also hold an open day on Sunday, September 25 to celebrate their launch, with a range of free activities on offer, including full use of the pitches.

The Sunderland Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre was recently named as the Sunderland Echo’s Sports Venue of the Year 2016. The facility is managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

Councillor John Kelly portfolio holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “It’s fantastic to see these pitches being replaced and brought back into use and I’m sure they’ll prove very popular. This is a very welcome addition to the excellent range of facilities already on offer at Silksworth.”