The six Coventry areas earmarked to get new Football Foundation 'PlayZones'

What the new playzones could look like
-Credit: (Image: Coventry city council)

New 'PlayZones' could be installed in six areas across Coventry. It has been revealed that Coventry Council is working with the Football Foundation on a programme that will see new specialist play areas put in place across the city.

Old Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs)are set to be transformed into new PlayZones. They do not just focus on football, the new areas will also host other sports and activities, from basketball to netball, rugby, hockey, and cricket.

The council has created a shortlist of existing MUGAs it thinks should become PlayZones. It has also identified another location which it believes would benefit from the facilities.

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The five existing MUGAs that could become PlayZones are:

  • Edgwick Park - Foleshill Road

  • Moat House - Winston Avenue

  • Yardley Street - Hillfields Young People's Centre

  • Longford Park

  • Jardine Crescent - Tile Hill

There are also proposals for a new 'PlayZone' in the Willenhall area.

Gated and only accessed by a Smart Access System, community organisations and sports clubs will be able to hire the new zones, and be given a special code to access the gates.

But before the council submits its final application to the Football Foundation, it is asking residents how the MUGAs need to be improved. It has launched an online survey asking people to have their say.

"Do they need floodlights, different surfacing, seating, making safer or something else? Or for Willenhall whether a PlayZone is possible in the area," the survey states.

"We will use what you tell us to help us decide whether we include all or just some of the sites in the final application and what we ask for funding to do. "

There are two different surveys, one for the five existing MUGAs and a separate one for Willenhall. They can both be found online here

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