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Plans unveiled for UK women’s football centre

Plans have been drawn up to develop a world class women’s football centre in Northwich, Cheshire in the UK.

Cheshire County FA has designed the facility in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council and ION Developments.

The site will become a leading centre for the provision of women and girls football and Cheshire FA has also confirmed that it is in discussions with a WSL1 club to become a partner on what will be a ‘best in class’ football environment.

The site will boast a full facility luxury hotel and spa that can be enjoyed by the local community, as well as visiting professional sports people.

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

With a number of 3G football pitches, one of which will be covered and six high quality grass football pitches for exclusive use with grassroots clubs, Cheshire FA aims to advance playing opportunities For All.

An exclusive Youth Zone will be a focal point of the new site, allowing young players to enjoy the game on top quality pitches and in a safe and engaging environment.

Steve Parry, managing directorof ION Developments said:

We are greatly looking forward to bringing what will become a world-class football centre with luxury hotel to Cheshire. The finished development will not only enhance Cheshire’s brilliant reputation as a footballing destination and bring hotel rooms to a thriving tourism destination, but will also give women and girls football the much needed state-of-the-art facilities to help reach its full potential.

Keith Ashton, chief executiveof our architects Space & Place added:

We’ve been designing sports facilities for 40 years now from Olympic Games venues to community sport clubhouses but rarely does a project such as this excite us so much. A real opportunity to design a facility that truly makes a difference from grassroots participants to elite level athletes in one place.

Two FIFA quality Grassmaster Hybrid pitches will also be located on the site, with one flanked by a 1,000 seat stadium for Cheshire FA and partner operations.

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