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Get your game on as Leisure United football pitches reopen

Football pitch from above lit at night

State of the art football pitches at SGP Graves and SGP Thorncliffe will reopen to members of the public from Monday 10th August.

The sites, which have been closed due to coronavirus restrictions, are now available to book, after the Government further relaxed restrictions, allowing more sports and leisure facilities to operate.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said:

“Football is a primary sport for so many in Sheffield and it’s a brilliant way to be active and healthy, so it’s great news that players can get back on these fantastic purpose built pitches.

“We have worked closely with our operating partners to make sure the necessary measures are in place to enable players to take part safely and in line with Government guidance.

“I know this will be welcome news to our teams who train and play on the pitches regularly, even if things are a bit different to usual. We ask that all taking part act responsibly, adhering to the rules in place and help us keep this environment safe for everyone.”

Both football sites are managed by the Sheffield Football Trust on behalf of Sheffield City Council.

The Sheffield City Council Trustee, Cllr Anne Murphy said:

 “It is great news that the football facilities are reopening and great timing for the young people in the City to get back to training and playing matches.”

The facilities which are operated by Leisure United have been under review to make sure the right measures are in place to allow safe use.

There is a clear set of rules and guidance in place aligning to Government Guidance. Access to the pitches is strictly via a pre booking system utilising contactless payment. The lead booker/adult supervisor is responsible for the behaviour, duty of care and social distancing of their group.

A one way system is in place, as well as hand sanitiser and temperature checks on arrival. All individuals on site must scan in via QR codes, which will support NHS Track and Trace if needed. In addition, spectators must also socially distance in groups off the pitches and stay distanced from other groups.

Pre-booking information can be found on pages www.sgpgraves.com and www.sgpthorncliffe.com and click on register now.

For further information on all the measures put in to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit please telephone  SGP Graves 01142375349 or SGP Thorncliffe 0114 284 6642.

Further announcements will be made soon about the reopening of other public leisure facilities in the city.