Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Sports Village is an £50 million multi-use sports, retail and housing development in Leigh, Greater Manchester, England.


The following facilities are currently available at the Leigh Sports Village:

  • A multi-use 11,000 capacity outdoor stadium with Desso GrassMaster pitch and under-pitch heating
  • 4 hospitality suites and 22 corporate boxes
  • Leigh Indoor Sports Centre - A gymnasium, 9 court sports hall and 25m 6 lane swimming pool
  • A 400 metre running track with 60m covered sprinting facility and club house
  • Residential housing
  • Commercial office space
  • Wigan & Leigh Sixth Form College
  • Multi-use floodlit 3rd generation artificial and grass pitches
  • Sports pavilion
  • A 135 room, high quality hotel
  • Leigh Sports Village Church - meets every Sunday 4.30pm at The Leigh Harriers Function Room
Site users and tenants

Along with general public use of artificial and grass pitches, sports hall, gymnasium and swimming pool, the Leigh Sports Village site has several long term tenants.

  • The site is operated by Leigh Sports Village Company Ltd on behalf of Wigan Council - owners of the Stadium, Athletic Stadium and Clubhouse,Swimming Pool and Sports Centre, Rugby League Clubhouse and 3G Pitches
  • Leigh Centurions rugby league club are tenants at the Stadium, Leigh Sports Village.
  • Leigh Harriers Athletic Club are the sole tenants of the Athletics facilities.
  • Blackburn Rovers Reserves play their home Barclays Premier Reserve League North fixtures at Leigh Sports Village Stadium, as of 2009 bringing their 9-year stay at Christie Park to an end.
  • Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust are the operators of Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
  • Park Inn are the owners and operators of the hotel.
  • Leigh Dojo Karate Club the largest non franchised club in the north west UK train on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

To ramp-up events were held during December 2008 to fulfil safety certificate requirements. A children's rugby league festival was held on 14 December 2008 as the first event, rescheduled from the previous week because of a frozen pitch.

After a successful first event, the crowd capacity was set at 4,775. A sell-out crowd of 4,714 saw Leigh versus Salford on 28 December 2008.

Leigh Sports Village was officially opened on Thursday 21 May 2009, by Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Street names

Three local sporting legends were honoured by having roads on the Sports Village site named after them. Tommy Sale, Jimmy Ledgard and Geoff Turner were chosen for the honour and the roads would be known as Sale Way, Ledgard Avenue and Turner Way. Sale Way is the home to the stadium, sixth form college and sports centre. Turner Way is the new address of Leigh Harriers Athletics Club, whilst Ledgard Avenue accommodates the new Leigh East clubhouse.

London 2012 Olympics

Leigh Sports Village has been included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. The facility is now available for use by competing nations as a training camp before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Officials have been in negotiations with the Ukrainian Olympic team to bring the nations athletes to the Leigh Sport Village.

Building Activity

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