LYDIATE Parish Council has announced details of the opening of their new facilities at Sandy Lane Playing Field in Lydiate.
Councillor John Bailey the Chair of the Parish Council said: “Three years in the planning with lots of twists, turns, own goals and hat-tricks we are so grateful to the Parish Council staffing team and our funders Sefton Council, The Football Foundation and Sport England who have made this project a reality.
“Our new changing rooms and café will improve the facilities for residents and visitors who use Sandy Lane Park.”
Residents are invited to the opening of the new café/kiosk facilities on Friday, September 3. There will be free ice creams for the children and hot drinks for adults.
Lydiate resident and former Liverpool and England international footballer Ian Callaghan will officially open the café/kiosk at 3.30pm on Friday, September 3 and said: “I have lived in Lydiate for many years and am honoured the new café “Callys” has been named after me. My sporting days may be over, but I still like to watch a good match and drink a good cup of coffee.
“I hope more people will use these excellent facilities. I hope to see as many of you as possible at Sandy Lane at 3.30pm on Friday, September 3 to have a look around.”
Lydiate Parish Councillor Ian Wilson who plays football at the site said: “I am overjoyed to see that separate football facilities are now available for women’s and youth teams. The refurbishment of the current changing rooms has significantly improved our facilities. These improvements together with the improved drainage on the site will result in Lydiate having some of the best facilities in the area.”
On Saturday, September 4 at 10am, Lydiate resident and former Everton and Ireland international footballer Kevin Sheedy will mark the beginning of the football season at Sandy Lane by officially opening the new sports changing rooms.
Mr Sheedy said: “Football and sports are in our blood, the improvement in grass roots sports facilities from when I played in the 80’s to now is amazing. I am overwhelmed that the new changing rooms are named after me. I hope these new facilities will encourage more people in Lydiate to take up sports.”