THE next generation of sports stars can hone their skills on a state-of-the-art 3G pitch at Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub.

The all-weather facility is part of Warrington Borough Council and LiveWire’s multi-million pound transformation of the Great Sankey Leisure Centre into a neighbourhood hub which opened in February with a fitness suite, studios and a library.

Students from Great Sankey High School and three partner football clubs, Whittle Hall JFC, Crosfields JFC and Matthiola JFC, are all set to benefit from the new facility.

A celebratory tournament was organised by Whittle Hall JFC to mark the official opening of the pitch on Saturday.

Dave Smith, chairman of Whittle Hall JFC, said: “The 3G pitch has already made a massive difference to the club.

“We can continue to play football when the natural grass pitches are unplayable, allowing children to participate and develop a love of playing football all year round.

“Our club continues to grow and go from strength to strength and becoming a partner club has made this more possible.”

LiveWire managing director, Emma Hutchinson, added: “We are very grateful for the investment from Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, and the support and guidance we have received from the Football Foundation.

“The grant has enabled us to replace the old sand-based pitch that was no longer fit for purpose with this stunning new pitch that will benefit not only local football clubs and students at Great Sankey High School, but the west Warrington community as a whole."