A £522,000 joint project between Enfield Council and the Football Foundation charity is transforming the existing Enfield Playing Fields with the inclusion of a new artificial football pitch.
Expected to open by the end of October, the new 7,420 sq m football pitch will feature third-generation (3G) artificial grass and new floodlights. There will be easy access to the changing rooms and cafe at the neighbouring QEII stadium from the facility.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Daniel Anderson, said: “Good quality facilities are vital in encouraging people to actively participate in sport. The 3G artificial grass pitch will enable the community to use this facility all year round. It will add to the enjoyment of playing grass-roots sport and showcase Enfield Playing Fields, which is already much-loved and well-used by the community.”
Home to the UK’s first supporter-owned football club, Enfield Town FC, the grounds will also be used by Ignatians Rugby Football Club. The renovated pitch is expected to increase sports participation by local youth, women and disability teams.
Enfield Town’s club chairman Paul Reed commented: “We are incredibly excited to be having this facility on our doorstep and can’t wait to work with Enfield Council to enhance the borough’s growing reputation in football.
“Our aim is to increase accessibility to football and help make it a sport for all, and this project fits perfectly with our vision of being an inclusive club and a football and social centre for the community, with a range of teams playing at the highest sustainable levels possible.”