A £1.7m sports centre has fully opened to the public after the first phase of construction was completed.
King’s Cliffe Active comprises two football pitches, a clubhouse with function room, floodlit multi-purpose artificial pitch, playground, skatepark and more.
The finishing touches installed this year include new drainage across the site, a revamped kitchen in the pavilion, CCTV security systems, a tractor drag mat and a new Willow Lane entrance linking to the Sovereign Grange housing development.
King’s Cliffe Active is on a 12-acre site near the former railway line. It is run by volunteers from and was built after £1.7m was raised through Lottery funding and grants from East Northamptonshire District Council, the Football Foundation, Augean and other bodies.
Project co-ordinator David Hellard said: “We’re thrilled that the first phase of King’s Cliffe Active has now been completed successfully. The site is in regular use by local clubs playing everything from football to hockey, basketball to cycling.
“Plus we have groups for dancing, gardening, keep-fit and local heritage – and there are plenty of families and youngsters using the playground, BMX track and half-pipe.”
Work on the facility began in 2009 and plans for tennis courts are already in place. Visit www.kingscliffeactive.co.uk.