That’s the message that kids and adults alike celebrated at the launch of a brand new training surface at The Cirencester Arena on Monday 8th October.
The launch began at 3pm with the official ribbon opening of the new surface by Alan Bennett, captain of Cheltenham Town Football Club. When asked for his thoughts about the surface, Alan said: “It is really impressive. I’ve trained on two artificial surfaces before and this is the best I’ve seen. It’s so much better than trying to train outdoors all year round – it’s warm indoors and you know there is no risk of the training session being cancelled at the last minute. It’s the way forward for all clubs.”
Once the formalities were over, the surface was tested by the toughest of critics as over 100 children enjoyed the chance to be coached by leading professional players. Not only did they have a huge amount of fun, but they also learnt some new skills.
Following a short break to reconfigure the pitch sizes, over 200 adult players came to experience a 28 minute, 5 a side, taster session in the evening. The feedback on the surface, which is the same as that trained on by Chelsea, was all good, with players commenting that it gave a very true and fast game and they didn’t feel any jarring of joints which they sometimes do on other pitches.
Steve Abbley, Chairman of The Cirencester Arena was overwhelmed with the amount of people who turned out to celebrate the launch. “After all”, he explained, “the surface was paid for and installed in order for local people to take advantage of it, so I’m incredibly pleased that so many have done. We wanted to promote the message that fitness is fun, and looking at the smiles on the faces of the people using the arena, we succeeded!”
L-R James French, Cirencester Arena Manager, Alan Bennett, captain of Cheltenham Town Football Club, Steve Abbley, Chairman of Cirencester Arena
Just a few of the children with coaches from the Cirencester Town Academy and Alan Bennett (centre)
The Cirencester Arena PR Fact Sheet
Sports – football, handball, uni-hoc, cricket, tag-rugby, rounders, tennis, parachute games, and many more!
Kids – summer holiday coaching courses, after school coaching clubs, parties
Adults – league football, private hire
Corporate – team building, events, inter-company tournaments, parties, sponsorship
· Supplied, installed and maintained by easigrassTM
· Trained on by Chelsea, Fulham and Sunderland
· Latest technology – reduces wear and tear on joints and gives an even, true playing surface
· For more information, the easigrassTM web address is: www.easigrass.com
· The Arena was built in 1998
· It formed part of the Cirencester Town Football Club’s commitment to ongoing development
· It was the first such facility built outside the premiership in the country
· Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town and Cirencester Town football clubs all use the facility when weather prevents them training outdoors.
The Arena Contact Information
The Cirencester Arena, Corinium Stadium, Kingshill Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1HS
Source: Cirencester Town Football Club