Local sports clubs, residents and school children can hone their sporting skills all-year round thanks to a new 3G pitch opened at East Leake Leisure Centre.
The facility replaces the previous astro-turf surface and is wind, rain, sun and ice resistant so the facilities can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The previous pitch laid in 2003 had become worn with some games and training sessions also falling foul of cancellations because of the surface not being able to cope with adverse weather conditions.
However, the new pitch will host games whatever the weather thanks to an injection of £150,000 funding from East Leake Schools Ltd, who operate Lantern Lane School and the East Leake Academy in the village.
Members of the East Leake Under-7s joined dignitaries from across the borough for the special opening ceremony.
Deputy leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, councillor Debbie Mason, said: “It is fabulous to see this new state-of-the-art pitch open, providing a great facility to the local schools, football clubs and leisure centre alike.
“The pitch will allow so many to enjoy sports and fitness activities in rain or shine, which helps maintain physical and mental health.”
Councillor Gordon Moore said: “We would like to thank East Leake Schools Ltd for their investment, Nottinghamshire County Council for approving the project and Mitie for their delivery of this fantastic facility.
“This brilliant new pitch is a great asset for East Leake and endorses Rushcliffe further as a place for great sport.”
As well as the football club, the schools, leisure centre and community groups also use the facility which is also available for hire.