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Pitch Up at Gateshead International Stadium

Date: 27/06/2006

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New pitches now in place
Football and rugby players looking for a game in the North East are invited to pitch up to Gateshead International Stadium.

For as a further development to its already outstanding facilities, Gateshead Council has recently installed two new third generation artificial pitches at the site.

The pitches are part of a £15 million development on the site of the International Stadium, which features an Indoor Athletics Training Centre with six lane sprints, jumps and throws areas; facilities for sports science, sports medicine, strength and conditioning activities, consulting rooms, staff support areas and a fitness room; an outdoor athletics throws area, three outdoor sports pitches and two floodlit artificial turf pitches.

The building also houses Gateshead College's teaching and resource facilities and the permanent home to 300 students from the sport and leisure department. It is also home to the English Institute of Sport where a multi-disciplinary team will deliver strength and conditioning,

The pitches have been supplied by Desso DLW Sports Systems, the world's largest manufacturer of artificial sports surfaces, who have also supplied pitches to Real Madrid, the FA and numerous other high profile organisations. The surface is licensed by UEFA and provides an excellent playing surface for football, rugby and American football.

As part of the project, the new pitches will provide a state of the art resource for many of the regions top sports men and women, however the real benefit will be felt by local people.

Head of cultural services at Gateshead Council, David Bunce, said, "The new pitches will provide a much needed base for sports development work in the Gateshead community, supporting grassroots sport."

Since the installation, Gateshead College Sports Academy has been delighted by the performance of the surface both for training and competitive matches. The flexibility of the surface provides training opportunities for a number of senior clubs based at the Stadium including Gateshead FC and Gateshead Thunder RFLC. A number of local junior clubs have already booked for the 2006/7 season.

Paul Bryson, the Gateshead College Football Coach is equally enthusiastic "we're absolutely delighted, it's as close to grass as you can get, the ball roll and ball bounce are perfect and help our passing game. Even in the bad weather we've still managed to play all our games and other colleges now want to use our facilities, as they cannot play on their waterlogged grass pitches. The pitches are now another reason for people to come to our college, as we have some of the best facilities in the country."

With dedication to providing the best for their athletes, Gateshead Council is ensuring that Gateshead International Stadium stays at the top level of British sports for many years to come.

For more information, contact Gateshead International Stadium on Tel: 0191 433 5700.




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