Hugh McAuley hopes new astro development will get Formby’s kids off the sofa and on the pitch
FORMBY FC’s new seven-a-side Astro pitch development is set to open on Saturday.
Club owner Hugh McAuley has invested a ‘significant’ sum in the facility, which he hopes will encourage more Formby people to play football.
Mr McAuley, who is passionate about community sport, is offering the facility to Formby’s school for free on weekday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4pm.
And the pitches will be available for £25 per hour for under-16s, and £35 for adults.
Sports coach Christian Bolton has been recruited to manage the project.
He said: “The new facility is of a professional standard.
“We have also decided to install a supportive shock pad underneath our pitches to help reduce the risk of injury form continued impact, normally found from using hard surfaces such as sand based Astroturf or concrete.”
Christian added that Formby FC was in the early stages of becoming a ‘satellite’ club for Liverpool FC and Everton FC. He also confirmed that Formby FC was in touch with a number of former professional players, including ex Everton FC legend Kevin Campbell who owns Pass2Pro football academy.
The club’s annual’s firework display will take place on Sunday November 4. The children’s show will take begin at 6pm and the main display will is set for 7.30pm.
Mr McAully said: “It is important as a established community club that we offer of our facilities to run events in the local community where the children of Formby can be active in a safe controlled environment whether it be football, sports or for example an event such as our annual bonfire night.”
The gates open from 4.30pm entrance costs £4 per adult £1 per child.
Mr McAully , 35, who lives in West Lancashire, currently bankrolls Formby's football club after taking over from former owner Dave Webster.
The Formby High old boynow owns the Altcar Road club lock, stock and barrel.
Hugh has recently signed the club up to take part in the Footballers’ Careers Apprentice scheme.