BRAND new five-a-side football pitches costing more than £250,000 have been officially opened in Ellesmere Port.
The state-of-the-art pitches have just been launched at Whitby Sports and Social Club in Chester Road.
They’re the first pitches to be made by Global Soccer who are run by Liverpool businessmen Kevin McCowan and Tony Duckworth.
Ellesmere Port mayor Tony Sherlock was on hand to cut the ribbon at the official opening, watched by the Lord Mayor of Chester John Ebo and chairman of Whitby Sports and Social Club Mike McCusker.
The pitches, which can be used by both adults and youngsters, will host summer tournaments and is endorsed by Champion Soccer five-a-side league.
Ian Beckford, father of Leeds United striker Jermaine, is looking to set up a weekend academy at the site for his company Twenty-Two Soccer Allstars, which promotes football for everyone.
Director Kevin McCowan said: “We identified Ellesmere Port as an area in need of artificial pitches and state-of-the-art facilities.
“Hopefully this will be the main football complex in Ellesmere Port.”
Mike McCusker added: “The facilities will takes kids off the street and give them something to aim for.”