Work nears completion on Heanor multi-use games area

Lockton Avenue Recreation Ground in Heanor, is being transformed by the installation of a multi-use games area (MUGA) which will offer all-weather use for a range of sports, including wheelchair-friendly activities.

Work is almost complete on creating the new facility, which is being funded by Amber Valley Borough Council, Heanor & Loscoe Town Council and Derbyshire County Council.

The MUGA will provide a hard surfaced tarmac court with two goal ends for football, cricket and basketball sports, available for all-weather use throughout the year.

The project will offer a safe, purpose-built space for children, adults and young people to learn and play sports together. Amber Valley Borough Council is managing the installation and will be responsible for ongoing maintenance.

The MUGA provides level-access facilities so can be utilised by individuals in a wheelchair who may wish to participate in wheelchair-friendly sports. The flat hard-surfaced area will also allow other sports activities, such as circuit training, to take place.

Commented Amber Valley Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Chris Short: “We are confident this MUGA will be beneficial in reducing anti-social behaviour in the area, and providing opportunities for positive, locally-based activity. The site is already popular with the local community, but this addition will greatly enhance its attraction to users of all ages.”

Pictured, from left - Cllr Alexander Stevenson of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr Brian Gration of Heanor & Loscoe Town Council, and Cllr Chris Short of Amber Valley Borough Council.

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