Grange Paddocks Set To Open 3G Football Pitch

Eric Buckmaster pictured with the new 3G football pitch in the background
Grange Paddocks in Bishop’s Stortford is getting ready welcome the opening of its new 3G artificial football pitch on 17 October 2022 and preparing for an open day on 22 October to celebrate the Leisure Centre’s first anniversary since opening.

Covering an area of over 7,000 square metres, the choice of infill for the 3G football pitch’s AstroTurf carpet is made up of cork and the area marked out for use by all ages including tots, mini, youth and over 18’s. 

The leisure centre, which is open all year round, has solar panels on the roof which will contribute towards powering the floodlights for evening games and training.     

Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for Wellbeing at East Herts Council, has visited the site in recent weeks to help lay the first section of AstroTurf carpet and check on its progress.  He said:

“This new modern 3G pitch will be available all year round for football matches and training, which is great news for keen footballers in Bishop’s Stortford and surrounding areas. 

“Concerns about sound and light impacts on local residents have been addressed and will be managed by the leisure operator, Everyone Active.  The floodlights will be focussed on the pitch, giving off limited light spill, and the leisure operator will enact a noise management plan to deal with any excessive noise.     

“Following consultation with The Environment Agency, we opted for an organic cork infill on the new surface which will biodegrade and not cause harm to the surrounding parkland and nearby river.

“I am delighted this is about to open and look forward to seeing it in full use this football season.”

Anyone interested in using the 3G pitch facility should email Everyone Active at Grange Paddocks who co-ordinate bookings:

Details about the open day on 22 October will be announced by the Leisure Centre soon.