Work is to commence on major improvements to a much-loved community facility in Whiston.
The installation of a new car park facility at Whiston Juniors FC is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks as part of a wider programme of improvements.
Knowsley Council has committed to significant investment in the football club as part of the Halsnead Garden Village development.
Whiston Juniors is to benefit from around £1m of investment from Knowsley Council, which will include new changing facilities, improved playing pitches and a new sports pavilion at the facility on Windy Arbor Road.
The new car park will provide marked bays to accommodate 40 vehicles, including three disabled bays and the provision for minibus parking.
Whiston Juniors FC was established in 1985 and accommodates hundreds of players from under 5 to under 18 level.
The club is renowned for their youth coaching and boast former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and ex-Everton player Anthony Gordon among their past players.
Chris Hunt, Chairman of Whiston Juniors, said: “We are so grateful for all the support from Knowsley Council. Whiston Juniors is already popular with so many children in the local community. The improved facilities will help us grow and enhance the football experience for existing residents and new families moving in to Halsnead Garden Village.”
Since taking over the lease of the playing fields from Whiston Town Council, Knowsley Council has committed to working closely with the football club to ensure the site is maintained and fit for purpose.
Once complete, Halsnead Garden Village will include approximately 1,600 new high-quality homes and a major new employment site. The Garden Village will also provide 33 hectares of new greenspaces and a new, 28 hectare, Country Park.