County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, has welcomed an announcement by North West Leicestershire District Council that Hermitage Leisure Centre is due to benefit from a new 3G all weather playing field.
The facility, which is due to be open by September, will replace the existing Astroturf at the Leisure Centre.
Councillor Spence said 'It's great news that the district council have decided to invest £140,000 in a 3G pitch. I've called for investment in and introduction of 3G pitches for some time.
'There is a clear appetite for sports clubs and leagues to use these state of the art facilities and the resulting demand means that there is a clear business case as an investment during these difficult financial times.'
Third Generation playing surfaces are the latest development in artificial grass technology and are designed to natural turf in how they look and play.
3G pitches provide a viable option as a training area for football and rugby, and have been accepted by the FA for some competitive matches.