Everton legend Graeme Sharp has officially opened the new Soccer and Leisure Centre in Prescot. The former blues marksman unveiled a plaque to commemorate the completion of the facility on Warrington Road.
The £1.4m complex is home to the Knowsley Junior and Adult football leagues and features seven state of the art third generation (3G) pitches, complete with rebound boards, all-round netting and floodlights - a football experience that is unrivalled in the area.
The opening event included a tour of the centre so visitors could see for themselves the quality on offer, and a performance by musicians from the Enchord programme - part of a creative youth music project managed by Knowsley's Leisure and Culture Development Team.
Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Brian O'Hare, was impressed with the new facilities - which also include a fitness suite with a range of state of the art equipment, fully licensed bar and cafe, changing facilities and free on-site parking. He commented:
"This is a fantastic facility, and one that I hope will help Knowsley continue its long history of producing some of the country's very best football players. This fantastic facility is helping to make football accessible and fun, while also providing local residents with a convenient and affordable way to keep fit."
The centre is open seven days a week and pitches are available to book now. Discounts on pitch bookings are available to FA affiliated teams. A one card fitness membership for the centre starts from £13.50 per month with a Knowsley Passport to Leisure.
Pictured: Graeme Sharp with the Leader of Knowsley Council, Ron Round , Mayor of Knowsley Brian O'Hare and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, Eddie Connor.