Work begins on �75,000 sports area in Plaistow

All-weather pitches for multi-sports use

A multi-use games area (MUGA) is being built at Valetta Grove Open Space with goals and markings for football, hockey, basketball, and cricket while tennis and volleyball facilities will also be available.

Due to be compeleted in December, the tarmac surface sports zone is the second phase of an effort to landscape the area as a junior/toddler play area was completed last year.

Free sports activities are also promised for children and young people aged eight to 19.

The project is funded through Newham Council’s Parks and Improvement Capital Funds Programme with a �37,373 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cllr Ian Corbett, executive member for environment, said: “It will provide loads of opportunities for sports and will be a focus for our work to meet the sporting and leisure needs of young people in the borough.”

McNabb Laurie, from the Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “MUGAs like this are a great way of giving people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to exercise and play sport for free.”