Time for kick-off down at Prairie

Top facilities: The new 3G pitches at the Prairie in Burnley
Top facilities: The new 3G pitches at the Prairie in Burnley

The first phase of the highly-anticipated £2.5m. revamp of Burnley’s Prairie playing fields has been completed.

Training is now taking place on the new floodlit 3G football pitch while construction work continues on the main part of the sports village scheme.

Both Burnley FC in the Community and Burnley FC Girls and Ladies will be holding training evenings and development programmes at the venue, as part of a limited programme until the main village is completed next summer.

The full development will see a modern sports pavilion, housing team changing rooms, fitness centre, a golf pro shop, and a 24-bay golf driving range with full teaching facilities, as well as a lounge area with refreshments.

The Burnley Council scheme to regenerate the popular playing fields site for the benefit of community grassroots sport has received funding from Sport England and the Football Foundation.

Coun. Bea Foster, Executive member for Leisure said: “This FIFA standard 3G pitch is the first part of an exciting project that will rejuvenate the complex and put it back at the centre of local sport, creating a valuable resource, not just for training purposes, but also as a playing surface for all seasons of the year”.

Paul Foster, Burnley Leisure’s development manager, said “Prairie Sports Village is set to become a real hub for local sport and this top quality pitch is perfect for junior weekend fixtures throughout the winter.

“When the full complex is finished next year it will provide for people of all ages, from holiday sessions for children to healthy activity programmes for older adults.”