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Oldham youths get in the zone!

Oldham youths get in the zone!

Thornton Sports have recently embarked on a new project supported by OnSide North West, a charity developing 21st century youth facilities, to construct a 5-a-side football pitch for Oldham Youth Zone.

Thornton Contracts constructed the 5-a-side pitch, working closely with main contractors, Eric Wright Construction. The contracted works for the overall installation included a geotextile membrane layer, perimeter drain, 150mm x 50mm kerb edgings, 150mm of ‘Type 1X’ stone sub base, 65mm of macadam, 15mm in-situ rubber shockpad and SoccerTurf™ 50M 3rd generation synthetic grass.

To add the finishing touches to the pitch and surrounding area, Thornton Contracts also installed a 4m high fence including 1.2m rebound panel and roofnet to fully enclose the area of play. As part of the fence raised height fenceposts were incorporated on which floodlight lamps could be installed to ensure the facility can be illuminated to maximise evening usage.

The works were successfully carried out with many different trades working alongside each other, and on Saturday 17th March 2012, Mahdlo Youth Zone proudly opened their doors to young people for the first time. The launch event was a success, with over 500 people in attendance.

Janet Dunnett, Private Sector Development for OnSide North West spoke about the project, “Oldham Youth Zone is thrilled with its brand new MUGA, which has already been put to great use by newly recruited members! Thornton Sports have done a fantastic job and Onside North West look forward to building the next 5 Youth Zones with all our suppliers and contractors.”

Thornton Sports have worked with OnSide North West on several projects, including a rooftop football pitch at Blackburn Youth Zone, which is due to open this summer.

For further information about Thornton Sports contact Thornton Sports on 01282 777 345 or email

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