St Helens Town’s return ‘home’ took another step closer this week with the opening of the new 3G pitches at Ruskin Drive Sportsground.
While Hallmark Security League Division One football on the site is still a little way off for Town, players across all the club’s teams will start to train at the St Helens Council owned venue next week.
The club’s Sunday team and Under 21s outfit will make their new home debuts on Sunday afternoon in the Liverpool and District Sunday League and Cheshire FA U21s League respectively.
The U18s team will have to wait a little longer for their North West Youth Alliance first appearance at the impressive new facility, as their next home fixture doesn’t take place until next month.
The club is unable to confirm a start date for first team football at their new home, which they will share on match-days with Cheshire League neighbours Pilkington FC.
Club Chairman John McKiernan said: ‘It’s great to finally see the facility up and running, and we’re delighted to be part of a project that will mean so much to development of sport in the borough.
‘It’s been a long time in the planning and construction, but I am sure it will all be worth it for those involved now and in the future. We are extremely grateful to St Helens Council and the Liverpool County FA for their support in ensuring our recent nomadic existence is almost over.
‘Our first team will have to wait a little longer before Hallmark Security League football can be played at Ruskin Drive, as the new changing room facilities are yet to be completed along with the required on-site hospitality and catering amenities.
‘We now need to make the most of our return home, and having a base in the town to ensure that we are successful both on and off the pitch’.