Hutton Moor unveils new sports pitches after £2.15m revamp

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 October 2017

Hutton Moor staff at the new sports pitches which have just opened at the Leisure Centre.

Hutton Moor staff at the new sports pitches which have just opened at the Leisure Centre.

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'State-of-the-art' sports facilities have opened at a Weston leisure centre this week as a multi-million-pound revamp of the site continues.

Centre manager Dave Somers inside the new £2.15million gym at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare.Centre manager Dave Somers inside the new £2.15million gym at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare.

Three all-weather sports pitches and two floodlit tennis courts have opened at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre this week.

The new pitches are part of a £2.15million revamp of North Somerset Council-backed Hutton Moor, with the local authority seeking to bolster the range of activities available in Weston.

The leisure centre has also undergone a two-storey extension, which opened last month and includes new exercise equipment and studios, and has seen hundreds of new members sign up in the past month.

Hutton Moor general manager Dave Somers said: “Our new fitness development has been extremely well received by existing customers and new members.

“We have attracted more than 600 new members since the opening in mid-September.

“This expansion will allow us to grow with the local community and continue to meet fitness trends offering a wide range of top-class specialist equipment to keep everyone motivated and active.”

The all-weather pitches at Hutton Moor, which is run by Legacy Leisure on behalf of the council, ‘are the first of their kind in this part of the country’ according to North Somerset.

The 45mm 3G playing surface uses environmentally-friendly cork infill, which is more comfortable for players than the rubber alternative used on most artificial pitches.

The surface was installed by Portishead-based Sportfields Ltd.

Its managing director, Geoff Collins, said: “We are proud to provide this state-of-the-art 3G sports facility at Hutton Moor, the first of its kind in this part of the country.

“The new cork infill surface was chosen over its rivals not only for its fantastic performance and playing qualities but also for its recognised eco-friendly and health benefits.”

The development of the outdoor facilities and gym expansion is phase one of the project to rejuvenate Hutton Moor, with the council exploring opportunities for phase two which include a leisure pool and slides.

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