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About the project

Welcome to the first newsletter for Bodington Playing Fields! We will aim to provide regular updates to how works are progressing down on site, and share milestones throughout the project.

As you may know, back in November Sewell Construction, along with the University of Leeds and the Football Foundation marked the start of building works on the new football facility. The welcome boost to grassroots sport in Leeds has been made possible thanks to investment from the University and a £4.2m grant from the Premier LeagueThe FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

The new site is close to the University’s Bodington Playing Fields, and will be developed into an impressive sports facility set to include three full size LED floodlit 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs), a four-team changing pavilion with community café, meeting space, and parking facilities.

Bodington Playing Fields is located just three miles north of the main University of Leeds campus and are also home to The Brownlee Centre, the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and new 1-mile (1.6km) Bodington cycle circuit, one of the longest in the country.

Once completed, this will be home to six partner clubs whose 142 teams will have access to fantastic facilities. The facility will also be a central venue for the Garforth Junior Football League and West Riding Girls League – eventually reaching 213 teams. As well as supporting the local community, the scheme will also be an important home to the University’s sports programmes, as well as supporting the Leeds United Foundation and West Riding County FA to deliver a broad range of recreational programmes and activities for the wider community.

Work on site is progressing well so far – read more below!

Progress so far

We've been working on completing the stabilisation works to Pitches 1 and 3, and have the backfilling completed to the retaining wall to Pitch 1. We're also hoping to complete the ground floor slab to the pavilion, weather dependent, before Christmas.

Over the next two weeks

...we'll be taking a break for Christmas!

We'd like to wish all of our partners, subcontractors, staff and key stakeholders involved the project a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stay safe, and we'll look forward to sharing more progress with you in January 2022.