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Arbour Park Community Sports Stadium

Arbour Park football

Exciting times are ahead as the second phase of the £8m Arbour Park Community Sports Stadium will be completed in May.

The second phase includes creating community rooms, outside terraces, a restaurant and accessible disabled seating. This will be handed back to the council, by the contractors Morgan Sindall, in May.

Arbour Park second floor

Every day there are 25 – 30 people working to get the job completed. In phase one, the peak number was 75 per day, as they were also building a new sports hall for St Joseph’s School and reconfiguring their old sports hall into four new classrooms.

Phase one was completed in August 2015, which included adding a FIFA approved 3G pitch (one of the highest spec football pitches in the country), stands for spectators and completing the ground floor with changing rooms, a bar and kitchen.

Slough Town Football Club have been using the venue for their home matches, drawing the biggest crowds in their league.

Pupils from St Joseph’s use the pitch at Arbour Park regularly, along with smaller clubs and community groups across the town.

Karl Hoffman, Morgan Sindall’s project manager, said: “At present we are on programme to finish on time and on budget. It is a great facility for the community.” 

Arbour Park group shot

SBC's Alison Hibbert, Councillor Sohail Munawar, Karl Hoffman from Morgan Sindall, and SBC's Kam Bhatti

What facilities will be available after phase two is finished? 

  • Restaurant and bar, which can be hired out for private events.
  • 3G pitch.
  • Two terraces with balconies for spectators to watch from.
  • Boardrooms, which can be hired.
  • Medical room, which can be hired.
  • Dedicated disabled seating area, with a lift to the second floor.
  • In and out car park entrance.
  • Drop off points to reduce traffic.
  • Disabled parking.
  • Bike racks.
  • Small community space for children’s parties and physical activity.

As phase two progresses, the current bar downstairs will become a community changing room and the club room will become a multi-functional room for the community for birthday parties, exercise classes or even poetry clubs.

Alison Hibbert, leisure strategy manager, said: “Ultimately we want everybody to use it and hire it as well. The terraces upstairs would be perfect for small weddings and gatherings. This is so close to the town centre, so our advice is to keep away from the residential parking. People can also catch a train or a bus.”

The facility has four turnstiles for match spectators to enter through, one by each corner of the pitch, and there will be 500 seats once the second phase is completed. Including standing room, the capacity in the future could be 5000, subject to planning.

Sohail Munawar, leader of the council, paid a visit to see the phase two works. He said: “So far so good. The results are coming along nicely. On the opening day I came along and there is a huge difference now. It is great the facilities are nearly ready for action and you can see it taking shape. It’s a dream come true and I’m looking forward to its completion. Residents can not only hire the facility but can have fun playing sports right in the middle of the town.”

An official opening event will be in June or July, and there will be a marketing and sponsorship event over the next couple of months.

For booking enquiries and further information about phase two, please call the council’s leisure team on 01753 477376.

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