Bardsley starts on Sandbach sport facility

The Dukinfield-based building and construction firm has started work on a new £2.2m sports development for Sandbach United Football Club.

The development, on Hind Heath Road in Sandbach, was made possible following a grant of £825,000 from Sport England and the Football Foundation, which was secured by Cheshire East Council.

Further funding of £200,000 was secured from Sport England's whole sport plan.

The combined total grant of just over £1m was match-funded by the council and supported by the club's own fundraising.

When finished, the development will include a floodlit pitch, four full-size grass pitches, three youth-size pitches and two junior-size pitches.

The complex will also offer changing rooms, two large officials' rooms, a wheelchair-accessible changing area and bathroom, and an education suite with office space.

The new complex will be available to Sandbach United FC and other community organisations across Cheshire East.

Cllr Andrew Knowles, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: "This is one of the largest new-build developments in the UK for grass-roots football, which is superb for Cheshire East. The investment will benefit the whole community for many years to come."

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