The long-term future of one of Leyland’s most popular sports fields has now been secured.
The Guardian has recently reported how Leyland Warriors Rugby League Club had joined forces with South Ribble Council to sign a 25-year lease for the Moss Side playing fields.
The deal has now been completed, meaning that the club can start bidding for funding to help improve the area for all visitors of the site, which is also used for football, angling and horse riding.
Phil Roberts, chairman of the rugby club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the groups involved at the Moss Side site. We have submitted a bid to Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Fund, which would provide sufficient money for four working sports pitches.
“We also plan to conduct general improvements to the site, including repairs to the footpaths through the wooded areas.”
The long-term aspiration for the playing fields is to build a sports pavilion on the site, which would offer new improved changing facilities for the sports clubs.
Phil added: “As a club, we have doubled in size in the last two years and now have more than 200 players in 10 teams, aged from six years to over 35s.
“Two pitches and two changing rooms are no longer sufficient for our needs, and we now have the chance to provide our club members, and those of other clubs using Moss Side, with a suitable playing environment.”
Fixing the waterlogging is another priority for the site, as flooding issues have been raised through the council’s Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, so the first aim is to raise enough cash to install new drainage systems on the pitches.
A friends group is also being set up with support from the Neighbourhood Forum, and members will work on improving the site with new notice boards and interpretation panels.
They will also look to improve the bridleway for horse riders, and support the flora and fauna for anglers.