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Mayor: Football hubs to support next generation of Gerrards and Rooneys

New state-of-the-art football hubs will help develop the “next generation of Gerrards and Rooneys” according to Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

The Parklife project will see the creation of 12 floodlit 3G pitches, as well as health and fitness and coaching facilities, across Liverpool.

Liverpool City Council says completion of four of the hubs, which will be used to host both formal league fixtures on weekends and recreational/informal games during the week, is just months away.

The first three sites at Jeffrey Humble Playing Field (Fazakerley), Simpson Road (Woolton) and Heron Eccles (Allerton) will be handed over to the local authority and ready for use by end of September once the final fit outs have been completed.

The remaining hub site at Jericho Lane Playing Field (Otterspool) will be ready at the end of October, once ground conditions at the site have been resolved.

In the meantime, clubs will use existing facilities before transferring across to the new sites ahead of the winter, when existing pitches are often waterlogged or frozen.

Mayor Anderson says: “Liverpool is the spiritual home of English football and the creation of these four football hubs will transform the grassroots game in the city.

“For the first time, we will have state-of-the-art facilities that will help us to develop the next generation of Gerrards and Rooneys.”

The Premier League, The FA, the government are investing £12.7 million in the £20m project through their charity, the Football Foundation, with the remainder coming from the council.

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