Construction is set to begin on a cutting-edge all-weather football pitch.

Work is set to commence on a cutting-edge all-weather football pitch in Sale, much to the joy of teams in the local community.

The impressive full-size 3G pitch is being constructed at Crossford Bridge, on the grounds previously used by Old Altrinchamians FC.

Trafford Council successfully secured £1m in funding from the Premier League, The FA, and the Government’s Football Foundation for the new pitch, as part of their investment into upgraded football facilities across the borough.

The Council collaborated with the Football Foundation and the Crossford Bridge Management Association to provide the pitch for the local community. Local residents were also consulted on the plans before construction began.

Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Arts, Culture and Heritage, expressed her delight at the upcoming work on the new facilities at Crossford Bridge. She highlighted the benefits the pitch will bring to the community and expressed hope of witnessing future football stars in action there.

The Crossford Bridge Management Association (CBMA) spokesperson expressed their excitement in partnering with Trafford Council and the Football Foundation for this much-needed community project. They anticipate the increased access to sports facilities for hundreds of people throughout the year.

Cheshire FA also shared their joy at the start of the pitch construction at Crossford Bridge, looking forward to the positive impact it will have on the local grassroots football community.

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, emphasised the importance of quality playing facilities in improving physical and mental health, and bringing communities together. He lauded the grant award to Trafford Council for the development of the pitch at Crossford Bridge.

Work on the pitch is scheduled to begin at the end of March 2024, with completion expected by autumn 2024.

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