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Local football star to open 3G pitch at Tiptree

Date published: 4 November 2017

On Thursday 7 December, Colchester United player Frankie Kent is set to officially open the refurbished artificial turf pitch (ATP) at Leisure World Tiptree.

The entire surface of the pitch was replaced over the summer during seven weeks of work to bring it up to modern FIFA standards. It is now covered in a third-generation rubber crumb, providing soft landings and easy movement to players. 

The refurbishment was carried out by Colchester Borough Council working in association with Thurstable School. Works completed on 16 September and the new all-weather surface is now being enjoyed by football clubs and enthusiasts of all ages, with over 600 people a week already playing on the pitch with a vast array of diverse groups.

Tiptree's ATP is one of Colchester's finest artificial playing surfaces. It is key to the development of local football through matches, practice, five-a-sides and training sessions for juniors and adults. 

Officially opening the pitch will be Frankie Kent, a celebrated local footballer and defender for the League Two club Colchester United. Since making his first-team debut in May 2014, the 21-year-old has made 63 appearances for the U's and recently signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2020.

Cllr Annie Feltham, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said, "We are committed to providing top quality facilities where local sport can grow and develop. This has been a real community project: the partnership with Thurstable School has been key to bringing the 3G pitch to reality and I am delighted that a local sports star like Frankie is able to attend the opening. It's wonderful to see that the 3G pitch is already being enjoyed by so many people."

The pitch continues to be used by Thurstable School, who share the site with Leisure World Tiptree on weekdays. During evenings and weekends, it is open for use by the general public. To book a 5-a-side 60-minute session costs from £24.50 or 11-a-side 120-minute session from £62.80. To book a pitch and find out more, visit

Leisure World Tiptree also offers a well-equipped gym, regular workout classes and a climbing wall. Other courts and pitches, both indoors and out, can be booked throughout the year. To find out more about the services offered at Leisure World Tiptree and how you could get involved, visit