Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Bruce Tennent was on hand to help with the development of a new high class facility as the construction of a new £8m state-of-the art football hub progresses at Monks Brook playing fields, Eastleigh.
The Council has joined forces with the Football Association (FA) to develop an FA Parklife Football Hub Brook Playing Fields on Stoneham Lane. The new facility will provide replacement football pitches for those being lost as part of the North Stoneham housing and community development.
Thanks to significant grant funding from the Football Foundation, Sport England and the Premier League, together with funding from the Council, the new facility is set to become one of the biggest football hubs in the country, providing high quality facilities for local clubs and residents to enjoy.
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Bruce Tennent said: “It’s great to see that the construction of this fantastic new project is underway. It will provide the opportunity for children and adults of all ages and abilities to play football, become more active and enjoy high quality facilities. This is another great example of our commitment to providing excellent community sporting facilities for local people to enjoy.”
The new hub, set to be called ‘Stoneham Lane’ will consist of three full-size floodlit 3G artificial grass pitches, well maintained junior and senior grass pitches, together with an eight changing room pavilion, clubroom and cafe.
The facility will become the new home of the Eastleigh and District Mini Soccer League (EDMSL), and will provide over 130 local teams in the Under 7 and Under 10 age groups the opportunity to play on these pitches every week without being thwarted by the English weather. The hub will also be the new home of thriving local club AFC Stoneham who have over 25 teams.
The Hub will be run by Hampshire FA and is planned to open in 2019.
Photo caption; Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Bruce Tennent with Mark Collishall from Principal Contractors, Smith Construction.