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New £200,000 sports facilities for Prestbury

Work has finished on new sports and exercise facilities for the village of Prestbury in Cheltenham.

The £200,000 facilities on Prestbury playing fields include a multi-use games area (MUGA), a third of a mile circuit, an adult outdoor gym area and enhanced children's play area. The new facilities are in addition to the football pitch, youth pitch and tennis courts already in the immediate area.

The new development was made possible by financial contributions from Bovis and Bloor Homes, as part of their development on Starvehall Farm. The facilities were constructed by Caloo Ltd, UK specialists in outdoor fitness and playground equipment.

Linda Langrish from Prestbury Parish Council, who chaired the working group for the project said: "This is a great facility for the whole community, with something truly for everyone - the MUGA for team sports, the enhanced children's play area, the adult outdoor gym equipment and the daily mile circuit for all ages to encourage regular exercise.

"We are very excited to bring this development to the village and we are very confident it will be greatly enjoyed by many people. In many respects, the timing of the completion of this facility could not have been better, with the current focus on tackling obesity and adopting more healthy lifestyles."

The new MUGA will be suitable for 5-a-side football, netball and basketball, with lines pre-marked for each sport. The facility, which can be floodlit until 9pm, will be available for hire by the hour at £25 per hour plus £5 per hour for floodlight use and must be pre-booked via the Prestbury Parish Council website.

The outside adult gym area will have four stations, for up to six adults to use at one time. There will be a leg press, rowing machine, upper limb press and cross rider. The parish council hopes to run dedicated group personal training sessions for local residents, of all ages, from teenagers through to older people.

The daily mile is a third of a mile circuit of the playing field, which will enable running or walking in a safe, car-free environment. Children, parents with children in prams and adults of all ages can benefit.

Richard Fishlock, physical activity specialist at Active Gloucestershire, said: "We are delighted to see this investment into sport and physical activity in Prestbury, and congratulate the parish council and the local community for making the scheme a reality. The new facilities perfectly complement what was on already offer at the playing fields and give local people of all ages and abilities some great opportunities to get active with their families, friends and teammates."

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