THE newly refurbished 3G Astro-turf was officially opened at West Glebe Park Pavilion last week when Mayor of Corby, Cllr Peter McEwan, cut the ribbon – welcoming Hellenic FC Juniors for their coaching session.
Due to a successful funding bid to WREN – which provides grants that enhance the environment from the Landfill Communities Fund – the £41k refurbishment was completed last month, replacing the sand-based pitch with a 3G rubber crumb pitch.
In 3G turf, the artificial grass ‘blades’ are supported by a thin base layer of sand and by an infill of rubber crumb. These rubber infill particles help to keep the fake grass fibres upright and replicate natural playing characteristics of real grass. The rubber crumb can also help to cushion players’ muscles and joints during training and matches to prevent injury and strain.
Since the new pitch has been refurbished, the response from football clubs has been fantastic with most evening slots being filled and Hellenic FC planning the move of all 12 of their junior teams to West Glebe at the start of October.
Fabienne Thomas, vice-chairman of Hellenic FC Juniors, said: “The facilities are great here at West Glebe; it is central, emergency access is good and the new 3G Astro-turf is better for the kids to learn on – so we are very pleased to be moving all of our teams to the new pitch.
“I would like to thank Corby Borough Council for accommodating us and providing all of the teams with a space to train at the facility.”
The council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “Since opening in 2007, West Glebe Park Pavilion has been a real asset for teams and lovers of sport.
“Thanks to the funding from WREN, the newly refurbished Astro-turf is a welcome upgrade to the facility and has already shown to be very popular.”
Above – SOFTER LANDINGS: Mayor of Corby Peter McEwan opens the new 3G rubber crumb pitch at West Glebe Park, with help from Hellenic FC Juniors.