Work has been completed on £200,000 worth of new sports and exercise facilities for the village of Prestbury. The new facilities on Prestbury Playing Fields, will include a Multi-Use Games Area, a one third of a mile circuit, an adult outdoor gym area and an enhanced children’s play area. These facilities will add to the Football Pitch, youth pitch and Tennis Courts already in the immediate area.

The new development was made possible by financial contributions from Bovis and Bloor Homes as part of their development on Starvehall Farm. The new facilities have been constructed by Caloo Ltd, UK based specialists in supplying fitness and playground equipment for outdoor areas.

Linda Langrish, a Councillor from Prestbury Parish Council who has chaired the Working Group for the project commented:

“This is a great facility for the whole community, with something truly for everyone – the MUGA for team sports, the enhanced children’s play area, the adult outdoor gym equipment and the Daily Mile circuit for all ages to encourage regular exercise.  We are very excited to bring this development to the village and we are very confident it will be greatly enjoyed by many people. In many respects the timing of the completion of this facility could not have been better with the current focus on tackling obesity and adopting more healthy lifestyles”.

The new multi-use games area will be suitable for 5-a-side football, netball and basketball, with lines pre-marked for each sport. The facility which can be floodlit until 9pm will be available for hire by contacting the Prestbury Parish Council –

The outside adult gym area will have 4 stations, for up to 6 adults to use at one time.  There will be a leg press, rowing machine, upper limb press and cross rider.  The Parish Council hope to run dedicated group personal training sessions for local residents, of all ages: teenagers through to older age groups.

The Daily Mile is a 1/3rd mile circuit of the playing field, will enable running or walking in a safe, car-free environment.  Children, parents with children in prams, adults of all ages can benefit.

Richard Fishlock, Physical Activity Specialist – facilities and active design, at Active Gloucestershire commented:

“We are delighted to see this investment into sport and physical activity in Prestbury, and congratulate the Parish Council and the local community for making the scheme a reality. The new facilities perfectly complement what was on already offer at the Playing Fields and give local people of all ages and abilities some great opportunities to get active with their families, friends and teammates.”

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Editor’s Notes

1. Contact point for press enquiries – Simon Dove – Prestbury Parish Council – 01242 575129.

2. PR Photographs.
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Photo 1 – Ben Craxford left, Holly Craxford centre, Holly Turner right

Photo 2 – Rocco Aitchison left, Will Tandy, Holly Turner (hidden behind Will) Charlie Turner, Ben Craxford, Holly Craxford right

Photo 3 – Charlie Turner left, Nick Livesey, Rocco Aitchison, Max Livesey, Will Tandy, Holly Turner right

Photo 4 – Will Tandy left, Ben & Holly Craxford, Max & Nick Livesey, Charlie & Holly Turner, Ralfy & Rocco Aitchison right