Football pitches come home to Netherton park

Football pitches in the heart of a Black Country community are being brought back into use thanks to high demand from local residents.

Woodside Park in Dudley used to hold regular organised football matches but in recent years demand reduced and the area was used as more of a general recreation space. But now, thanks to demand in the local community, the football pitches on the Dudley Council-run park will once again welcome the return of organised football. Councillor Damian Corfield said:

“I have been listening to local people and, after being elected in May this year, I approached the council to ask for the football pitches to be marked out again on Woodside Park as many local teams are looking for somewhere to play.

"After such an uncertain 12 months for everyone, physical exercise is key to our mental well-being and I am delighted that lines are now in place and the goal posts will be going up next week. I look forward to seeing local teams playing football once again in the park.”

The council has prepared the pitches ready for the football season, with markings and the installation of new goal posts in the coming days. Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, added:

“The excitement of this year’s Euros gave a real boost to football – but the demand for the return of pitches here at Woodside Park had been building before then.

“Teams of all ages have shown an interest. And as a big supporter of grassroot sports I really want to congratulate Damian and all involved in making this happen. Who knows, maybe the next Harry Kane, Jack Grealish or Bukayo Saka could kick their first ball right here at Woodside Park!"


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