Posted: Tue 27th May 2014

Updated: Wed 13th Feb

Work gets underway on Wingmaker’s new state-of-the-art 3G pitch

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Work has started on replacing the grass pitch at Airbus FC’s Hollingsworth stadium with a state of the art  synthetic 3G surface.


Jonathan William ,Paul McKinlay, Lorraine Harvey and Brian Moxon start the digging.

Work on the new pitch is expected to be completed before the end of July in readiness for next season, three Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League sides will play on a synthetic pitches next season.

The pitch is being funded by a £350,000 grant from the Football Association of Wales, through ‘Project 3G‘ and UEFA’s ‘Hat-Trick’ programme, as well as money from the Airbus sports club members fund.

Oxfordshire based Mcardle Sport-Tec are installing the FIFA approved pitch, they have worked with some of the biggest clubs in the UK including Manchester United, Stoke and Swansea.

The new generation of ‘astroturf’ pitches are designed to play exactly the same as natural turf, however the durability means they can be used for longer periods of time and in a more diverse way such as training, community and schools use.

In addition to the new pitch, the floodlights at the stadium will be upgraded to allow for use of a low-level community lighting setting.

Broughton Wings Sports & Social Club manager Jonathan Williams, who applied for the original funding, said:

“The joint-funded project is benefiting from over £100,000 of Sports Club members’ funds.”In addition to the facility being a great community hub, the members of the Sports Club will enjoy using the facility for years to come.”I would like to personally thank Steve Oates who has worked tremendously hard from our facilities department to get us to where we are, commencing such a fantastic project!”

Last season saw an unprecedented number of matches called off due to adverse weather conditions, the pitch at Broughton became unplayable for weeks, its hoped the new pitch will see games being played all through the winter.

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