Wyke Sports Village, on the edge of the Calderdale boundary, is a £6million development which has transformed the former site of Wyke Manor school into one of three planned sports ‘centres’ for the Bradford district .
In addition to a fully lit 3G football pitch and three grass pitches, the sports village also includes a pavilion with changing rooms and a community area that can accommodate 250 people, and has a large bike path that can be used both by the community and for major cycle events.
And there will also be areas set up for children to learn to ride a bike, using an on-site bike library if needed.
The closed-loop track effectively replaces the one that was lost when the Richard Dunn Sports Center closed in 2019 – although the new facility is a huge improvement over that at that centre.
There are several different routes, slopes and even a “paved” Pavée section.
The Sports Village has been in the planning stages for years and once included an indoor sports facility which incorporated the former school sports hall.
The hub was developed by Bradford Council in partnership with Sport England, British Cycling, the Premier League, the FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.
Now that it is complete, it will host local clubs including East Bradford Cycling Club, Shibden Cyclo Cross, Wyke Wanderers AFC and Wyke Rugby Club.
Mick Priestley, technical manager of parks at the council, said the cycle track meets national racing standards.
He said local schools have already expressed interest in using the pavilion’s community space, and groups ranging from sports clubs to live drawing groups plan to use the building.
Mr. Priestly said the 3G pitch is currently the highest quality sports pitch in the city.
And he argues the cycle path, with its steep, cobbled and variable routes, will make it one of the most popular in Yorkshire. The site will also be linked to the Spen valley greenway.
The site was once used for a Special Olympics event and is popular with local cyclists, joggers and dog walkers.
Areas have been left wild and a wooded area is in the center of the cycle path, as part of an initiative to improve biodiversity on the former school site.
Councilor Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member of Bradford Council for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are delighted to see the center completed and can’t wait for local people and communities to see what is on offer and start using it. utilize.
Councilor Andy Walsh (Lab, Wyke) added: “These are superb facilities, with new grounds and an excellent cycle route, which local people and a number of sports clubs will enjoy for many years to come.”
The other two sports centers will be based at Myra Shay and Marley in Keighley. Both of these facilities are in the early planning stages.
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