The Mayor of Burnley picked up a few golf tips on her visit to the town’s new £2.5million sports complex.

Councillor Liz Monk accompanied by the consort toured around Prairie Sports Village following its official opening last month.

The mayor also had an opportunity to practise her swing on the golf driving range.

Cllr Monk said it was a ‘fantastic sports complex boosting leisure offer in the Burnley area’.

“I am absolutely delighted to see the development of the centre come to fruition and it’s great to see so many people making use of the amazing new facilities on site to keep themselves active and healthy,” the mayor added.

Managed by Burnley Leisure, the state-of-the-art complex houses a 16-bay golf driving range, the golf and football academy, a classic cuisine bistro, a golf pro shop, and a multi-purpose studio.

The golf teaching academies are equipped with the latest technology including golf simulator and GC2 launch monitor, which allows players to track their results, enhance the performance and play golf courses from around the world.

PGA golf professional James Major is operating a coaching programme from the site for anyone interested in playing the sport.

The facility also boasts the FA approved floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass football pitch and new changing rooms.

Scott Bryce, operations manager at Burnley Leisure said: “We are extremely proud to be managing the Prairie village, which has proved a massive hit attracting more than 35,000 visitors and golfers from Burnley and surrounding areas. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already paid us a visit to come and see what we’ve got on offer.”

For more information about the Prairie, please visit www.burnleyleisure.co.uk or call 01282 477201.

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