Work begins at new college sports pitch

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A new £220,000 sports pitch at East Riding College in Bridlington will start to take shape next week.

Work will begin on the multi-use games area at the St Mary’s Walk campus in the next few days, and it should be completed by October.

The facility will have a playing surface covering 1,789 square metres and will be used for a wide variety of sports.

It will accommodate three tennis courts, two five-a-side football pitches and three basketball courts, and will also be marked out for netball, volleyball, handball, hockey and cricket practice.

And the aim is that it will benefit the wider Bridlington sporting community, not just students.

The pitch will be used by students on sports courses as part of their practical and coaching sessions and by others in their extra-curricular activities, as well as by external sports clubs.

Head of sport Paul Smith said: “The development is very exciting for students coming to East Riding College from September, especially those on sports courses.

“We’re looking forward to providing new sessions and courses for students and the community in tennis, cricket, basketball, futsal and other sports.

“Students will be very excited to be taking part in sport after the Olympics last year and more recently the success of Andy Murray at Wimbledon, Chris Froome in the Tour de France, the British Lions and the England cricket team.

“This is the first time our students have had such an excellent facility on campus so it’s not just sports students that will benefit and our sport maker, Matt Jeffery, will be running lots of activities for everyone to enjoy.”

Among those to take advantage of the MUGA will be year students on the Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching, Development and Fitness and the new BSc (Hons) Sports, Coaching and Health Sciences (top-up).

The development of the MUGA follows on from the opening of the new College campus in 2009 and the subsequent development of a full-size football pitch to the rear of the building and adjacent to the location of the new multi-use pitch.

The MUGA will have a multi-use tarmac surface and be enclosed by mesh fencing. It will be available for use by students but also for community groups and clubs for sports and activities for adults and children.

For more information on sports courses and facilities at East Riding College, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.

Any representatives of community and sports groups who would like to discuss using the MUGA should contact Paul Smith by emailing paul.smith@eastridingcollege.ac.uk