THE new 3G pitch at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Cudworth has officially opened.
BPL, working in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, secured funding worth over £350,000 from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund to deliver the project, which is set to boost grassroots football in Barnsley.
The new all-weather pitch opened last month and is already proving popular with local football teams and the wider community; filling a gap in the region for a facility which can be used all year round.
The official opening event was attended by Barnsley Council leader Sir Steve Houghton, who cut the ribbon alongside former sprinter Dorothy Hyman and councillors Joe Haywood and Charlie Wraith.
As part of the event, local schoolchildren also got the chance to try out the pitch for themselves; taking part in a mini tournament run by Team Activ.
BPL contracts manager Joni Millthorpe said: “The official opening event was fantastic – we had an excellent turnout.
“Having the new pitch at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre means more grassroots football can be played and we can grow participation, which is what it’s all about.
“It was brilliant to see the facility in use and the kids were really impressed. If you haven’t been down yet, come and see it for yourself.”