Mansfield sporting facilities transformed for community

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A £2.5m sustainable sport and recreational activity facility has opened in Mansfield.

The RH Academy - short for The Radford & Hymas Academy after the two benefactors John Radford and Steve Hymas - saw an old playing field transformed into a sports hub with a full size 3G artificial pitch, 150-seater stand and a changing room pavilion which will serve academy teams, local community sports clubs alongside schools and residents in the local area.

Architecture and sports & leisure firm LK2 worked with contractor Taylor Pearson Construction, to support Mansfield Town Developments CIC throughout the scheme, securing £500,000 worth of funding from the Football Foundation and The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

“The grant we helped Mansfield Town Developments secure from the Football Foundation will enable it to introduce community programmes to better serve local people at a modern sports facility,” says Gary Johnson director at LK2.

The RH Academy will help provide the community with fit-for-purpose sporting amenities including: Mansfield Town FC Football in the Community, Mansfield Town academy teams, local community sports clubs alongside schools and residents. The development also provides a sport education facility and community space to enhance opportunities for local communities and actively encourage participation in recreational programmes.

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