Bollington Cross has a very active sporting scene with Bollington United Junior Football Club and its 21 teams of young players and Bollington’s very own Bollington Health and Leisure Centre.

For many years, there have been plans for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and new football pitches at the Atax Field alongside the Leisure Centre.

On Wednesday June 12th, Phase One of the Project, the MUGA, was handed over to the Town Council by AXO Leisure. AXO designed and built the MUGA, which was delivered on-time and on budget. In fact, they were a pleasure to work with.

The Bollington Cross Youth Project Team, which had initiated and managed the project is made up of representatives from the Town Council, Bollington Health & Leisure, Bollington United Junior Football Club and business and community volunteers. They had worked tirelessly to secure land, funding, planning consents, specifications of works and identified the right contractor, AXO Leisure, via a rigorous tender process. However, their work is not over as they now focus on delivering Phase Two which comprises three new football pitches.

The opening ribbon for the MUGA was cut by Rachel Bailey, the Leader of Cheshire East Council, Cheshire East having transferred the land for the project to the Town Council for a nominal £1. Also present were Cllr Andrew Langdon The Mayor of Bollington, members of the Project Team and Richard Smith from WREN a key funding partner.

Thanks are given to funding contributors such as WREN who in particular contributed almost £50,000 to the project. WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund. Other funding was supplied from planning contributions from housing developments in Bollington, known as Section 106 contributions. The Town Council, Bollington Health & Leisure and Bollington United Junior Football Club made up the rest.

The MUGA will enable all weather games activity, football, cricket, tennis and basketball or just a place to kick a ball about or even chill out. It will be open during the day and evenings for anyone to use free of charge. In the darker months of the autumn and winter floodlighting will also available until 9pm.

Rachel Bailey, the Leader of Cheshire East Council, said “it was a wonderful example of community organisations working together to provide top quality facilities for their community. Bollington is well known at Cheshire East for its strong sense of community and can-do approach to life”

Muga OpeningCllr. Langdon, the Town Mayor, said “wide community effort and enthusiasm with financial support from WREN and others has delivered a new state of the art sports facility in Bollington. It will enable young people to enjoy themselves and keep to keep fit and active”

Richard Smith, Local Secretary of the WREN Community fund, said “It is always a great pleasure to us and our Committee to visit communities where hard work has laid the groundwork for important improvements in facilities and there are no more important facilities than those which can help to keep young people fit and active. I am delighted to visit Bollington again where we have over the years supported a great deal of very positive community activity aimed at improving facilities for everyone”

Thanks were also due to Cllr Ken Edwards who continues to drive this project with unbounded energy and enthusiasm, and to Tullis Russel and Paul Gibbons of Decipher Consulting for their support in getting the Bollington Cross Project as a whole off the Ground.