Oxford City Council creating new 3G sports pitch in Blackbird Leys

Published: Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Oxford City Council has started work on creating a new 3G sports pitch in Blackbird Leys.

The £350,000 project, at the back of the Leys Pools & Leisure Centre, will replace the old and dilapidated hard court area.

The new pitch, which will have a state-of-the-art 3G surface, can be divided into two smaller pitches. It will also have new high-level fencing and new highly-efficient LED floodlighting.  

As part of the project, the City Council will also increase the existing car park by 41 spaces, and install eight new bike racks.

The full scheme, which started in January 2016, will be completed by May 2017. The new pitch is expected to be open later this month (March).

The new sports pitch will be run by Fusion. The registered charity already runs the Leys Pools & Leisure Centre, along with other Oxford City Council-owned sports facilities, including Oxford Ice Rink and Hinksey Outdoor Pool.

Oxford City Council aims to tackle health inequalities in Oxford and encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity. Men in the most deprived area of Oxford die, on average, 9.7 years younger than those in the least deprived area.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “The new sports pitch is a great addition to the sporting facilities on offer to the local community in Blackbird Leys and football clubs across the city.

“With a hi-tech all weather surface, floodlights and its own designated changing rooms in the nearby sports pavilion this new addition at The Leys Pools and Leisure Centre is yet another great example of the City Council investing in our communities in order to improve the quality of life of residents.”