Hatters stars help open football base

The opening of Flitwick Football Centre. The official ribbon cutting (L-R): Luton striker Alex Wall, Cllr Caroline Maudlin, Luton defender Paul Connolly, former Luton striker Brian Stein and Football Foundation independent member Bob Knowles.
The opening of Flitwick Football Centre. The official ribbon cutting (L-R): Luton striker Alex Wall, Cllr Caroline Maudlin, Luton defender Paul Connolly, former Luton striker Brian Stein and Football Foundation independent member Bob Knowles.

A state-of-the-art football facility was officially opened by Luton Town Football Club players old and new.

Among the guests at Flitwick Football Centre’s ribbon cutting ceremony was Hatters legend and former striker Brian Stein.

He was joined by current stars Alex Wall and Paul Connolly, along with dignitaries including Central Beds Council chairman Councillor Caroline Maudlin and executive member for community services Councillor Brian Spurr.

At the opening, council deputy chief executive member for community services, Councillor Ian Dalgarno said: “Football is thriving at all levels across Central Bedfordshire, and hopefully these new pitches will inspire even more players to lace up their boots and enjoy a kickabout.”

Footballers in the town, including teams from Flitwick Eagles and Flitwick Town football clubs, have already been showing off their skills at the £1.5 million facility, which includes eight adult and youth pitches.

It was paid for through a £1.25 million investment from Central Beds Council and a £214,000 grant from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, which gives grants towards grassroots football.