Reprieve for sports facilities

Reprieve for sports facilities

Story by Richard Belbin

As reported in the last Messenger, the council recently agreed to ensure Woodbourn Stadium (aka Pitz) remained open following the collapse of owners Powerleague. The council have secured a new national operator, Leisure United, who will take over in February.

The five-a-side football pitches and pavilion at Woodbourn Road in Darnall, Sheffield are currently run by Powerleague, who recently announced their withdrawal from the site as part of a national rationalisation programme affecting similar sites across the country.

Their operation ends on 31 January so the council have been working hard to secure new management of the facilities or face closing them.

Leisure United, a first-class national leisure operator, was appointed by Pulse Soccer to manage Sheffield’s FA Football Hubs at Graves, Thorncliffe and Westfield and the pitch at the Olympic Legacy Park, and will now take over the running of the football pitches and pavilion at Darnall immediately after Powerleague leave.

The council has agreed to fund a small scale programme of essential works to the pavilion and pitches and this has already started.

Leisure United will initially run the facility for six months, while longer term options are reviewed. Opening times and prices will not be affected.