Burnley’s multi-million pound sports village is operating in full swing and is proving very popular with visitors.

Although, the Prairie Sports Village has only been open for a month, more than 200,000 balls have been hit and over 3000 people have already visited the facility that is unique to the area.

Burnley Leisure’s head of operations Neil Hutchinson said: “The Prairie has a lot to offer to professional golfers and beginners alike, and we’re very pleased with its growing popularity. In the short time we’ve been open, we had visitors come and try the facility not only from Burnley, but also from surrounding areas including Clitheroe, Pendle, Todmorden and Skipton.

“The response from everyone who has visited so far has been fantastic.”

The 2.5million complex, owned by Burnley Council and managed by Burnley Leisure, houses a 16-bay golf driving range, golf pro shop, and multi-purpose studio the golf and football academy complex, boasts a number of conference and meeting rooms along with Sky TV and free Wi-Fi.

A purpose built full teaching facility is equipped with 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. His team is at the Prairie six days a week, focusing on getting people involved in the sport.

Outside facilities include the FA approved 3G floodlit football pitch and new changing rooms housed in the main building.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a selection of mouth-watering dishes from the Simply Classic Bistro and Bar, which is open weekdays 11.30am – 3pm and Saturdays 8.30am – 3pm.

At the venue, Burnley Leisure is running 7-a-side football leagues as well as women’s winter rounders league on Tuesday evenings. The pitch is also available for one off bookings at various times.

For more information about the Prairie and football leagues, please visit www.burnleyleisure.co.uk, email prairiesportsvillage@burnley.gov.uk or call 01282 477201.

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