FORMER Sky Blues midfielder James Maddison was on hand to open the new indoor pitch at the Alan Higgs Centre on Tuesday night, alongside his former Coventry City team-mates.
The Leicester City and England international joined Jordan Willis, Tom Bayliss and Jordan Shipley at the official opening, adjacent to the former pitch which saw the players begin their development at Coventry’s academy.
The evening was capped by a number of friendlies between Coventry City and Aston Villa’s academy on the 2,400 square metre 3G astro turf pitch – which budding Sky Blues youngsters will have access to during weekday evenings.
Access for the general public for a number of sports on the new facility is available at other times.
Centre Manager Martin Neale at the Alan Higgs Centre is excited for the potential of the new pitch and the rest of the development.
“This is another significant piece in our jigsaw to what is set to become a state-of-the-art destination for health and fitness in Coventry,” he said.
“The indoor pitch has already attracted huge interest. Alongside football we regularly have the Great Britain soft ball team training and holding competitions here, tag rugby sessions, American football, and a lot of local schools also utilise the facilities for their sports clubs.
“When you piece this facility together with the Olympic swimming pool and new 632 square foot fitness suite, we have an elite sporting village on our doorstep which will hopefully go on to inspire people of all ages and abilities to lead healthier lives and take up a sport.”
For more information about the new indoor pitch at the Alan Higgs Centre visit www.cvlife.co.uk.