Liverpool County Football Association have now secured planning permission and funding for the proposed redevelopment of LCFA Sefton.
The plans will see the installation of a new full-size community 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), new changing facilities, internal refurbishments as well as improvements to the existing infrastructure and highway.
The plans for LCFA Sefton, Drummond Road, Thornton, have been the subject of public consultation with local residents, representatives, business and stakeholders. After listening and carefully considering the feedback provided, Liverpool County FA’s final plans were approved by Sefton MBC in March 2021.
Daniel Green, Liverpool County FA Chief Executive Officer, said: "This project is fantastic news for Liverpool County FA, grassroots football and the local community.
"The site has suffered from a lack of investment over a number of years however we’re committed to investing in better and safer places that support our business and benefits the local community and grassroots football.
“The investment secured will enable us to work with local partners and community organisations to increase playing opportunities, deliver high quality education and CPD, increase employability opportunities and improve health and wellbeing.”
Works are provisionally scheduled to start in September 2021.
The proposed redevelopment of LCFA Sefton includes:
Full-size community 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGPs)
With a shortfall of seventeen full size 3G AGPs across Sefton Borough Council, LCFA Sefton will offer one of the first full size 3G AGP facilities in the Borough. Floodlit, the pitch will provide extensive use for local schools, clubs, leagues and wider community organisations all year round. The 3G AGP will provide opportunities for all formats of affiliated and recreational football including 11v11, 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 football.
New changing rooms and roof terrace
An important aspect of the development is improving the off-pitch experience for participants, coaches, officials and spectators. To enhance the experience, proposals incorporate two new fully compliant participant changing rooms, officials changing rooms and new accessible toilet facilities. Furthermore, a new roof terrace will provide a unique viewing experience across the entire site for friends, family and visitors.
Wider building and infrastructure improvements
To compliment the enhanced football facilities, the redevelopment will also include improvements to the existing building’s office accommodation. A recurring theme during public consultation was the condition of the unadopted highway located at the end of Drummond Road. The redevelopment will also see investment to upgrade the existing highway.
Please note the below timeline is subject to change. Any change will be communicated via liverpoolfa.com.
Public Consultation – June 2019
Planning Application Validated – December 2019
Planning Application Determined – March 2021
Proposed Commencement of Works – September 2021
Proposed Completion of Works – May 2022
For further information please contact Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Green – firstname.lastname@example.org.