PLANS for a new £3.6 million sports hub in Swindon have been revealed.

The multi-purpose complex off Akers Way in Moredon will include football, cricket and cycling facilitiesfor people of all ages and abilities in a bid to help bring the community together and foster a snese of pride in the area.

It is hoped that the 1km regional-standard closed-road cycling circuit will be recognised as the best in the region - or even the whole country - and will have internal loops and crossover points to allow three groups to use it at the same time.

A new 3G football pitch with floodlights and metal fencing will be suitable for multi-team training and senior and junior matches while four natural sports pitches will provide space for football and cricket matches.

Swindon Borough Council's planning team approved the plans this week and more detailed application will be considered before the scheme is put out to tender.

Construction of the multi-purpose pavilion and outdoor area is expected to begin in the autumn. 

The pavilion will have enhanced changing areas, a cafe and reception area. It will support a range of activities, from early years and youth programmes during the week through to light refreshments via a servery hatch on Sunday mornings.

Outside, there will be 125 car parking spaces, 11 accessible spaces, two mini-bus spaces, a a coach drop-off area and 56 overflow spaces.

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The hub will be delivered by Swindon Borough Council and operated by Central Swindon North Parish Council. It has received support from project partners including Sport England, British Cycling and the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

Coun Robert Jandy is Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure. He said: “I’m pleased to see progress be made on this incredible project for Moredon.

“Not only will this site provide a welcome facility for people local to the area but it will also be a draw for those further afield, especially with the cycling circuit.

“I look forward to seeing construction begin and can’t wait to enjoy the finished product.”

A Football Foundation spokesperson said: “The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation continue to work in partnership with Wiltshire FA and all other parties to deliver this wonderful project.

“The project will not only support grassroots football but will positively impact the local community within the area too.

“We look forward to continued collaboration through to project completion.”

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