Cheshire FA to establish $94m women’s football facility in Northwich

WCN Editorial Team 17 May 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

Cheshire County Football Association, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and ION Developments, has decided to establish a modern football facility in Northwich, Cheshire.

The £70m ($94.3m) facility is expected to become a centre for the provision of women’s and girls’ football.

The facility is expected to be completed in 18 months from the date of securing planning permission.

Cheshire is also in discussions with a WSL1 club to become a partner on the ‘best in class’ football environment.

The site will feature a luxury hotel and spa for the local community and visiting professional sportspersons.

Cheshire County Football Association chairman Dave Edmunds said: “This proposal will see Cheshire at the forefront of County FA Football Development at every level of the game.

“Our aim is to provide a fantastic facility that will significantly increase opportunities and experiences for all participants within the game, be they individuals or Clubs.

“At a time when the Football Association is targeting the doubling of participation in the women’s game, this will also give Cheshire and our partners the chance to lead the way, and create a lasting legacy not only for women’s and girls’ football, but the whole game throughout the County of Cheshire.”

To provide outstanding amenities and opportunities to the football community, full injury treatment and rehabilitation will be offered on site within the setting of a Medical Centre.

The facility will include a number of 3G football pitches, one of which will be covered and six high-quality grass football pitches for exclusive use by the grassroots clubs.

Also, an exclusive Youth Zone will be established, which will allow young players to enjoy the game on top-quality pitches and in a safe and engaging environment.

Two FIFA-quality Grassmaster hybrid pitches will also be established, with one flanked by a 1,000-seat stadium for Cheshire FA and partner operations.

The second hybrid pitch will be allocated to private training for the visiting national teams or international teams using the site in preparation for domestic or European competition.

Cheshire FA plans to establish four modern education spaces to create and develop coaches and referees of the future.

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