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- New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
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Luton Borough Council is keen to develop a stadia 3G pitch to support a number of clubs in the Luton area to progress through the National League System. Historically, clubs (such as Kent Athletic and Brache Sparta) have had progress restricted through the step pyramid due to ground restrictions. This was a significant factor in the demise of both clubs who no longer exist coupled with Kent Athletic’s ground being in an unused derelict state since the club folded shortly after winning their respective league in 2015-16.
Recently, there have been clubs that have resorted to playing games outside of Luton Borough in order to meet and comply with ground grading requirements whilst playing at their respective level because such a facility wasn’t available in Luton. For example, Crawley Green FC (Step 5) ground shared at Barton Rovers (Central Bedfordshire).
There is a need for such a facility to enable such clubs to sustain and progress within the Authority but also to help others currently at Step 7 who could also benefit from such a stadia pitch being available.
The stadia pitch is likely to be jointly funded through Football Foundation and section 106, with the latter being drawn down from the housing growth, including the New Century Park development. There is also potential for section 106 to be sought from the expansion of the Airport. It is anticipated that the site could be managed by either Luton Borough Council or Active Luton. .
A specific site has not been identified, however, three sites have capacity to accommodate the development. These are Lewsey Farm, Ely Way, Lothair Road/ Stopsley.
Further feasibility work required to identify a specific location.
Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male