FOOTBALLING youngsters had a ball when they christened a state-of-the-art, all-weather football complex that has been created in Hucknall.
Under-eight members of a long-running soccer school tried out the three six-a-side pitches that have been laid with revolutionary third-generation (3G) grass at the Rolls-Royce Leisure venue off Watnall Road.
The scheme, which has cost more than £150,000, has transformed the area once occupied by derelict tennis courts at the Rolls sports ground.
It is the first time the 3G surface has been laid in the Dispatch district. Each pitch is fenced off by a retractable curtain that can be drawn back to offer the option of one large pitch.
Dozens of children, aged between five and eight, from the Rolls-Royce Junior Football Club Soccer School put the development through its paces last weekend.
The verdict from head coach John Cheetham was summed up in one word — “fantastic”.
He said: “For the children, the pitches are great. They absolutely loved them. The pitches are brilliant for the club and for the whole community.
“For parents, the complex is safe and secure. For teams, they have the perfect surface on their doorsteps.”
The man behind the scheme is Brian Willows, who has been the driving force behind investment that has totalled more than £1 million at the Rolls club.
Cheetham, who has run the soccer school for three years, added: “What Brian has achieved is fantastic.”