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Makeover for MUGA thanks to cash boost

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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Communities and also in Housing

Children in Salford are making the most of the new and improved MUGA Children in Salford are making the most of the new and improved MUGA

A sports pitch that has stood unused because of its unsuitable surface has received a much-needed revamp.

Local sports clubs and youngsters were reluctant to use the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on Spike Island in Higher Broughton, Salford, because of its hard concrete surface and lack of lighting.

Residents living on the Spike Island estate were forced to travel almost two miles away to use the Greengate MUGA as the facility on Spike Island was often frozen during the winter months and they feared they might injure themselves if they fell on the hard surface.

But now the Spike Island MUGA on Heath Avenue is back in action thanks to a £20,000 grant from the SITA Trust.

Social housing provider Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across Central Salford, applied for funding from the SITA Trust to resurface the pitch with low maintenance astro-turf.

Salix Homes and Salford Council’s Housing Crime Reduction Team have also funded new flood lights at the facility to enable it to be used all year round.

Georgina Neild, Community Involvement and New Initiatives Officer at Salix Homes, said: “This new and improved MUGA is a fantastic asset for the community and I know it will be very well used by everyone.

“It’s been a shame to see the MUGA stand unused for so long, particularly as there are several local sports clubs that have had to travel further afield to access facilities. The residents have been calling for this for some time, so it’s fantastic that their dream has now become reality and I’d like to say a big thank you to the SITA Trust for its generous donation.

“Salix Homes is committed to improving communities and we have recently completed a major home improvement scheme on the Spike Island Estate so the MUGA makeover is like the final piece of the jigsaw, making the area an even more attractive place to live.”

The new and improved MUGA was unveiled this month, much to the delight of the children and local sports clubs who are now lining up to use the facility.

Budding footballer Alicia Staines, 12, is thrilled she can now practice her soccer skills on the MUGA. She said: “It was really annoying before because football is my hobby but we couldn’t use the pitch to play, but now I’m on it every day and it’s great.”

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

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