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Pitches or houses? No contest!

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It is not only the barriers to getting engaged in sports participation that are being torn down by various Government backed campaigns, but the very fabric that underpin such good intentions.

This week the high profile London Soccer Dome, once the known as the David Beckham Academy is being deconstructed to make way for housing development in the uber trendy area of Greenwich, on the banks of the River Thames. Sat in the shadows of the O2 Arena (which has proved that sport and Arenas can mix), this fine facility which has housed footballing activities of all types over the past 10 years is making way for residential housing units. Whilst some of this is due to be deemed ‘affordable’ housing, what is less clear is why this is happening at a time when the Football Foundation is committed to £30m per year on building 3D pitches to promote the beautiful game.

The FA’s efforts to close the gap between Germany’s 3,735 artificial pitches and the 639 in England has just widened by two!

The 2 full size pitches are intact and in good condition and will be auctioned off by the developers who intend to use the Dome as a mega equipment store to serve the impending development of 1,300 new housing units in the area. Presumably the recycling policy of the local authority does not apply in this case?

So, to avoid these pitches becoming covered in greengrocer’s fruit, there are 2 fine pitches up for auction, one fairly careful owner. Just make sure the buyer does not have to collect!

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