Last updated on 25 October 2023
Construction works have reached the halfway point at Bodington Football Hub, a major new facility at the University that will support grassroots sport in the city.
Representatives from the University, the Football Foundation and Sewell Construction gathered last week to mark the development’s four-team changing pavilion reaching its ‘topping out’ phase.
Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Leeds, said:
“This is an important milestone in the creation of this key sports facility for the people of Leeds, including our students.
“We are grateful to our partners and excited that it is another step towards inspiring our community to become more active and involved in sport.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“This site at Bodington is a great example of investment from our partners, the Premier League, the FA, Government and Sport England, improving grassroots facilities across the country. This funding will enable more people to enjoy the benefits of playing regular sport.”
Community sport a core focus for new build
Made possible thanks to investment from the University and a £4.2m grant from the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football Foundation, the site will feature three full-size LED floodlit football turf pitches, a pavilion with community café, and extensive parking.
Chris Soper, Joint Managing Director for Sewell Construction added:
“It was great to see such progress on site, especially with the pavilion taking shape and the final pieces of structure being laid to the highest point.
“This facility is going to be such a welcome boost to both grassroots sport in Leeds, and the wider community, and I know I’m speaking on behalf of the whole team when we say we’re proud to be the ones bringing a sports development of this scale to fruition.
“Once complete, it will support community engagement and wellbeing, and we can’t wait for our partners and end-users to see it all come together over the next few months.”
The Bodington Playing Fields site is located three miles north of the main University campus, and is also home to the Brownlee Centre – the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre – and Bodington Cycle circuit, one of the longest in the country.
Once completed later this year, the new site will be home to partner clubs from across the city.
Find out more about Bodington Football Hub.