Active Blackpool is hosting a 3v3 football launch event at Common Edge Community Sports Village on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December, where up to 150 grassroots teams will be taking part.
The event is being held following a £5,000 investment in two 3v3 air pitches, alongside Active Blackpool becoming a licensee in partnership with ‘3v3 UK’ to host football community sessions, tournaments and festivals.
Active Blackpool is aiming to encourage further uptake of grassroots football, with the ambition that the new air pitches will draw young people of all abilities from throughout Blackpool, using its football provision across four facilities - Blackpool Sports Centre, Common Edge Community Sports Village, Palatine Leisure Centre and Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre.
Air pitches are inflatable small sided football pitches, with small goals at either end of the pitch. The inflatable pitches ensure the ball doesn’t go out of play, meaning continuous play and more touches for the players improving the technical aspect of the game for all abilities.
A key goal of the pitches is to encourage young people in Blackpool to live an active and healthy lifestyle, whilst having lots of fun.
- The benefits of 3v3 football are to increase ball-touches, passing, and scoring. Players learn to be quick on their feet and to keep the ball moving fast
- The ball is in play for an average of 94% of playing time
- Average statistics from 3v3 games show that up to 102 touches of the ball can be achieved and up to 2300 steps per game
- 3v3 football can be played by all levels and abilities across all age groups making it an extremely inclusive format of football.
Cllr Jo Farrell, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member with responsibilities for leisure services said: