Leicester

Leicester park's new £1m football pavilion officially opened

Hamilton Park in Leicester
Image caption The development is part of Leicester's £11.2m investment to improve grass roots facilities

A new £1m football pavilion has been officially opened at a Leicester park.

The Hamilton Park clubhouse features changing rooms, as well as a kitchen and car park.

It is the latest in a series of 11 sites across the city to benefit from Leicester's £11.2m football investment programme.

The Football Foundation, which awarded its single largest grant of £5m to the project, said it was "delighted" about the "fantastic new facilities".

Assistant City Mayor Piara Singh Clair joined youngsters at the park, off Sandhills Avenue, to celebrate the official opening of the facility.

'Benefit communities'

"This is a fantastic example of how we can now upgrade our sports facilities in a way that will benefit entire communities," he said.

"As the project continues to roll out across the city we can begin to see the real difference it makes to the way that football is played and promoted in Leicester."

The other sites in the city to benefit from the investment are:

  • Aylestone playing fields,
  • Aylestone recreation ground,
  • Beaumont Park,
  • Mary Linwood playing fields,
  • New College playing fields,
  • Rushey Fields recreation ground,
  • Cossington Street,
  • Overton Road,
  • St Andrew's,
  • Victoria Park.

Leicester City Council, NHS Leicester City, Sport England, local partner clubs and the UEFA Jubilee Fund also contributed to the £11.2m programme.

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