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Leisure centre’s 3G football

Basildon sport has received a shot in the arm following the opening of a near £1m scheme at Everyone Active’s Eversley Leisure centre.

Witham-based ETC Sports Surfaces has installed new 3G football pitches and floodlights for 11-, nine-, seven- and five-a-side football at Everyone Active’s Eversley Leisure Centre, in Basildon. The building contractor Morgan Sindall did the internal work.

The sports hall has been turned into a gym to add to the Basildon Sporting Village base of South Essex Gymnastic Club (SEGC) that has turned out such gymnasts as Max Whitlock, Amy Tinkler and Brinn Bevan.

Basildon Council has spent £570,000 on the first outdoor all-weather pitch in Pitsea, besides £230,000 coming from SEGC and £123,900 from the Veolia Pitsea Marshes Maintenance Trust. The full size 3G football pitch allows play all year round and provides players with the look and feel of natural turf and a hard-wearing, weather and stud-resistant surface.

ETC worked alongside Zaun Ltd, who made and supplied its Duo8 Super Rebound sports fencing and gates to surround the pitch, pictured. Wolverhampton-based Zaun describe their Duo8 Super Rebound as durable, low maintenance and ‘graffiti-proof’, with rebound properties similar to a wall and rubber inserts between panels and posts to keep ‘rattle’ during play to a minimum.

Councillor Kevin Blake, Basildon Council’s chairman of the leisure, culture and environment committee, said: “The development of a second gymnastics hub for the borough is a great opportunity for young people to try the sport for the first time. Together with the new 3G pitches they will help boost participation in sport and tackle local health inequalities.”


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