Blacon’s Sports Hub

Jul 2, 2022 | Thank You Letters, Trust News

Blacon’s new state-of-the-art King George V Sports Hub is open following its official launch thanks to a donation from the Ursula Keyes Trust, turning a 12 year Sports Hub dream into reality. The facility comprises a full-size floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch and a new clubhouse featuring changing rooms, kitchen, office and community room.

The project was made possible with a £1 million investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, together with partnership funding from the Westminster Foundation, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Avenue Services, Ursula Keyes Trust and the Community Trust. The sports hub is available for the community to hire and will be used by partner clubs and leagues, including Saughall Colts, Upton JFC, Chester FC Women, Cheshire Girls Football League and Chester & Wirral Football League, for training and matches, helping grow participation in football. Chester FC will also train there.

Construction of the facility off Blacon Avenue began in September 2021 and was completed in June 2022. The Ursula Keyes Trust which donated £40,000 towards its construction following an application for funding in July 2019 was instrumental in involving The Westminster Foundation in the project. The Duke of Westminster opened the new facility, during which a girls’ football tournament on the new 3G pitch took place involving children from eight Chester primary schools. He said; “This incredible facility will benefit hundreds, if not thousands, of young people for generations to come. I’m delighted it will finally provide a much-needed home for Cheshire’s women and girl’s football. I’ve been heartened by the collective support both locally, and from the various partners, to deliver such a high-quality environment.”

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust (pictured left) said: “This wonderful facility puts Chester FC Community Trust at the heart of our community and we are excited at the opportunities it will create to improve the lives of children, young people, families and older people, both now and for generations to come. We are hugely grateful for the outstanding support, belief and encouragement we have received from everyone involved in this project. It would not have been possible without them.”

Jim Kane, Founder Trustee and Chairman of the Ursula Keyes Trust added; “This is a splendid example of how, working with other community organisations, The Trust can really make a difference to the lives of so many, both now and in the future of our great City of Chester. I look forward to following the progress and activities at the hub and congratulate Chester FC Community Trust.”