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On Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Councillors and Officers from Hyndburn Borough Council met with clubs and leisure developers from Alliance Leisure and the ISG construction team to celebrate the start of works on the new, state-of-the -art, leisure and sports complex on Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors.

Councillors and contractors in PPE at Wilson Sport Village groundbreaking.

Funded by Hyndburn Borough Council as part of the borough’s leisure transformation plans and developed in partnership with Sport England, when complete, facilities will include a four-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite, sauna & steam room, group exercise studio, café, large changing village and dedicated changing facilities to service teams making use of the various outdoor sports facilities.

Speaking at the ceremony, Councillor Marlene Haworth, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, says: “It is very fitting that these significant development works fall in the 50th anniversary year for the dedication of Wilson Playing Fields, ensuring the location will remain at the heart of the community’s active leisure and wellbeing provision for many years to come.

“It’s fantastic to finally see a spade in the ground. This development reflects the council’s commitment to placing the health and wellbeing of our community at the heart of our ongoing strategy. In addition to creating new indoor active opportunities for everyone in the community, the building will add-value to the existing outdoor facilities to create a leisure hub like no other in the local vicinity.”

The current site is used by a diverse range of clubs and organisations, including Wheels For All. Joe McTague, Chief Operating Officer of Wheels for All said, “We are thrilled to be involved in the ground breaking event for this exciting new facility. We have used the running track at Wilson Playing Fields for more than 17 years, providing an inclusive cycling programme that gives people, regardless of age and ability, the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis. We do this by providing support, guidance and specialist equipment. The new Sports Village, particularly the changing facilities and café will help us to expand our programme, providing more disabled people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”

In addition to the many social, health and wellbeing benefits Wilson Sports Village will deliver to the community, the new building will also optimise energy efficiencies. Air source heat pumps, solar panels and the utilisation of the very latest Low and Zero Carbon Technologies will all support the council’s carbon reduction strategy and ambitions to achieve net zero.

Works are being delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, Managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL) and led by leisure development specialists, Alliance Leisure, in full consultation with Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure.

Works got underway in February 2024, with Wilson Sports Village expected to fully open to the public in the Spring of 2025.


Image – Councillors, Sport England, Construction Team and Wheels For All at Wilson Sport Village ground breaking