The World Cup is in full swing, and fans are never far from a TV screen, but Islington residents have a good reason to start kicking a football around themselves.

Islington Council recently announced improvements to the football pitches in three local parks: Paradise Park in Holloway, which sits next to Freightliners Farm, Whittington Park in Upper Holloway, and Rosemary Gardens, not far from the Essex Road.

The football pitches have been refurbished (and completely resurfaced) thanks to a £350,000 investment. Whittington Park, otherwise known as ‘the home of women’s football in Islington’ now boasts new line markings and goals.

Councillor Janet Burgess, Executive Member for Health & Social Care, & Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “These fantastic resurfaced pitches are a great place to have fun, and to help our residents stay fit and healthy.”

Burgess continued: “we look forward to welcoming new teams, especially women’s teams who want to play at Whittington Park.”

But you don’t have to have played in football tournaments or leagues before to throw on a pair of trainers and hit the newly-revamped football pitches. Beginners are always welcome.

Enthusiasm for the sport has reached fever pitch, so there’s no better time to start playing – even if you’ve never played before.

For more information about playing football in Islington, click the link below:

Islington Council