A Cambridgeshire community has recently had cause to celebrate, with the opening of a brand new MUGA which provides a vital free facility for use by the whole community. Installed by ETC Sports Surfaces, this porous asphalt MUGA in the heart of Great Gransden village has delivered a cost-effective, safe, all-weather pitch that can accommodate multiple sports including football, basketball and tennis.
The project was supported and managed by Great Gransden Parish Council, whose concept of a sports pitch that can be used free of charge by residents, clubs and community groups proved overwhelmingly popular when residents were surveyed on the subject. The development site, a disused tennis court in the heart of the village, was subject to numerous planning and conservation sensitivities, presenting something of a challenge in meeting multiple stakeholder requirements.
Parish Clerk, Diane Taylor, confirms that ETC Sports Surfaces were instrumental in meeting those challenges, designing a project specification that was both carefully considered and affordable. “They inspected the site both before and after the tender,” Diane explains. “They kept to the agreed scheduled of works, answered all queries promptly and delivered the entire project on time.”
The MUGA recommended by ETC Sports Surfaces was a porous asphalt solution, VIACOURT®, which offers a durable, low maintenance surface for players of all ages to enjoy safely throughout the year. Finished with secure double wire fencing and attractive multi-coloured sports markings, the MUGA was officially opened on the 29 June 2019 to an enthusiastic reaction by community members keen to get on court and start enjoying their favourite sports.
This multi use games area was largely funded by charitable and grant donations. According to Diane, the MUGA is already proving to be an enormous hit with the whole community. “The facility, which can be used free of charge, has been enormously well used by children and youths for football and basketball,” she says. “It has also proved popular with our Out of School Club, local Brownies, and a newly formed women’s netball team who are using the MUGA to practise weekly. The aim is to maintain the MUGA for the continued benefit of the community for many years to come.”
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