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Mossvale Estate, Greater Manchester – New MUGA

 

This project to create a Multi-Use Games Area (or MUGA) on the Mossvale Estate in Salford was led by Salford City Council, with input from Mossvale Tenants & Residents Association (MTRA) and City West Housing Association.

The three organisations worked together to transform a derelict football pitch into a modern MUGA marked out for a range of sports including football, basketball, netball and cricket. It accessible for disabled people and those with limited mobility, and the bitmac playing surface is suitable for wheelchair users.

The MUGA is next to a popular children’s play area. The addition of a facility suitable for older children allows families and children of all ages to play together and benefit from outdoor exercise. Before, the nearest multi-sport facility was almost three miles away. Many young people from the estate did not have the means to travel to it.

Local residents participating in stakeholder workshops in 2005 first identified the lack of recreational facilities in the area. Further consultation led to an area on the estate being identified as a potential new neighbourhood park and the proposal was included in the council’s greenspace planning document.

MTRA was formed in November 2010 and they submitted a successful application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Places programme for a grant for a young children’s play area, completed in March 2012.

After creating recreational facilities for young children, the association’s next priority was to transform the derelict artificial football pitch next to the play area into a modern MUGA. This would provide the much-needed recreational facility for older children and local youths first identified in 2005.

In February 2012 outline plans were discussed with the older children who attended the local Playdayz youth group. The final plans were developed by the council and displayed at the opening of new play area in June 2012. As well as being supported by older children, the proposals were also welcomed by MTRA, Irlam and Cadishead Community Committee, City West Housing Trust, Greater Manchester Police and local councillors.

As the initial need was identified in 2005, to ensure the demand for improved facilities was still there, the council undertook further discussions and consultation during 2012. The grounds maintenance contractor was also consulted to ensure that the proposals were sustainable and that long-term maintenance could be carried out within the existing revenue budget.

By July 2013, the council were ready to submit their application to us and a grant was awarded by our Board on 21 October 2013. Work started in February 2014 and the grand opening was held on 9 August 2014.