Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Sports Village is one of the North West’s finest recreational and leisure complexes. Situated in Leigh, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, it offers various sports facilities, a hotel, a pub, a supermarket, and a college.

Leigh Sports Village Stadium

The Leigh Sports Village Stadium is the centrepiece of the development. Built with the needs of professional sports clubs in mind, the stadium can hold up to 12,000 spectators, with seating options available in the West, East, and South Stands and standing room in the North Stand. This layout offers flexibility and gives every spectator an excellent view of the action on the field.

The stadium is the home ground for Leigh Leopards, the local professional rugby league team. It also hosts the home fixtures of football teams such as Manchester United Women and Manchester United Under-21s.

Leigh Sports Village Stadium’s playing surface is a high-tech pitch combining natural grass with artificial fibres to create a high-quality, durable, and weather-resistant field. Under-pitch heating is also installed to support playability in all weather conditions further. A computer-controlled water irrigation system ensures the playing surface remains in top condition.

Unsurprisingly, this exceptional facility has attracted numerous events over time. Prestigious tournaments held here include multiple Rugby League World Cup games and matches of the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship (Euro 2022). In 2014 it was one of the UK venues on Elton John’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour.

Tickets for Manchester United Under-21s matches are free. They can be obtained in advance from the official Leigh Sports Village website.

Leigh Sports Village Stadium
Leigh Sports Village Stadium

Leigh Leisure Centre

Leigh Leisure Centre is a top-of-the-line facility that provides a broad array of sports and fitness amenities for the local community. Its modern amenities and commitment to quality make it a fantastic resource for leisure and serious training.

The leisure centre has a comprehensive gym and fitness suite. Here, you’ll find the latest training equipment suitable for all fitness levels, from beginners to seasoned gym-goers. The fitness studio offers a weekly programme of classes and activities that cater to diverse fitness goals and interests. From high-intensity interval training to more relaxing yoga sessions, the centre caters to every fitness need.

One of the most significant features of the indoor sports centre is the impressive 6-lane, 25-metre swimming pool. Whether you’re a competitive swimmer, a fitness enthusiast, or a beginner looking to learn, the swimming pool caters to all. Accompanied by ample spectator seating, the swimming pool also serves as a venue for local swimming meets and competitions.

In addition to the pool, the centre boasts a versatile sports hall. With eight badminton courts, two basketball courts, and two netball courts, the sports hall is perfect for team sports, training, or a casual game with friends.

To use the centre, you’ll need a leisure card. You can apply for a card at the centre or online on Wigan Council’s website. The website lists the prices for fitness membership, personal training, swimming and swimming lessons, and pool parties.

New Madeley Park Athletics Stadium

The New Madeley Park Athletics Stadium is the home of Leigh Harriers Athletics Club. Equipped with an 8-lane running track, long jump and pole vault areas, plus shot put and javelin areas, the stadium encourages athletes to push their limits. Floodlights ensure that training can continue well into the evening, and ample seating accommodates spectators who come to cheer on the athletes.

Pub – The Whistling Wren

The Whistling Wren is a pub located at Leigh Sports Village. It offers an extensive range of food and drink options that cater to all tastes and preferences. It boasts indoor and outdoor seating areas with ample space for diners to relax and enjoy their meals.

What sets The Whistling Wren apart is its dedication to being a family-friendly establishment. The outdoor play area is a hit with children, offering them a space to let loose and enjoy themselves. In cold or wet weather, the indoor toddler zone, designed for children under five, ensures the fun doesn’t stop.

Hotel – Holiday Inn Express Leigh

The Holiday Inn Express Leigh, situated within Leigh Sports Village, provides comfortable, modern accommodation for visitors. The hotel offers 135 contemporary rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. A buffet breakfast kickstarts each day, while a 24-hour fitness room and a business centre ensure guests’ needs are met round the clock.

Whether you’re visiting Leigh for a sports event, for work, or to explore the local attractions, the Holiday Inn Express Leigh offers a comfortable, convenient, and welcoming base for your stay.


The site is home to a large Morrisons supermarket. Speciality departments at Morrisons Leigh include:

  • A bakery where you can find freshly baked bread, pastries, and other sweet and savoury treats.
  • A butcher’s section offers fresh meats prepared by experienced professionals.
  • A fishmonger, where customers can choose from various fresh, high-quality seafood.
  • A salad bar offers fresh, nutritious, and ready-to-eat salads for those seeking healthy options.

The supermarket also offers a cafe, toilets, and cash machines. There’s also a petrol station and car wash here.

The store operates with extended hours. From Monday to Saturday, opening times are 6 am to 10 pm. On Sundays, the store opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm.

Leigh College

Leigh College is a state-of-the-art facility located within the complex, providing education and training opportunities to students pursuing further education.

The college offers A Levels and a range of vocational courses across various fields such as animal management, business, beauty therapy, computing and IT, hairdressing, public services, science, and sport.

With modern classrooms equipped with the latest technology and highly qualified teachers who are experts in their respective fields, Leigh College provides an inspiring learning environment for its students.

Location and Getting There

Leigh Sports Village is located in Leigh, Greater Manchester. It is on Sale Way, just southwest of the town centre and is easily accessible by various means of transportation:

  • By Car: The site is on Sale Way in Leigh (postcode WN7 4JY), just off the A579 (Atherleigh Way). The A579 leads to the A580 (East Lancs Road), which connects Liverpool to Salford and Manchester. Ample on-site parking is available.
  • By Train: There is no train station in Leigh. The closest train station is Atherton, around 3 miles away. Atherton is a small station with limited services. Wigan North Western is around 6 miles away. Wigan North Western is on the West Coast Main Line with services to destinations such as London and Glasgow.
  • By Bus: Leigh Bus Station is in Leigh town centre, around one mile from Leigh Sports Village. There are frequent bus services to Leigh Bus Station from places such as Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, and Warrington. The 597 bus service runs directly from the bus station to the site but only operates on weekdays.
  • By Foot: The walk from Leigh Bus Station or Leigh town centre to the site takes around 10 minutes.
  • By Air: Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are the closest airports. Both are about 30 minutes drive away.

Other Attractions in the Leigh Area

Nearby attractions to Leigh Sports Village include the beautiful Pennington Flash Country Park, Parsonage Retail Park, and The Loom.

Pennington Flash Country Park is just a short distance away. This beautiful nature reserve is one of the top birdwatching spots in England. A network of footpaths and bridleways within the park caters to walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.

Parsonage Retail Park is a popular shopping destination in Leigh. Stores include well-known brands like Sainsbury’s, Currys, M&S, Next, TK Maxx, Halfords, Home Bargains, and Aldi. The park also offers several places to eat and drink.

The Loom is an entertainment and retail complex near the town centre. The complex features a cinema, shops, restaurants, and a gym.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Leigh Sports Village include:

Nearby Cinemas

Cinemas near Leigh Sports Village include:

Nearby Shopping

Places to shop near Leigh Sports Village include:

  • Parsonage Retail Park (0.6 miles) - Retail park in Leigh. Stores here include Sainsbury's, Halfords, and Currys.
  • The Loom (0.7 miles) - Complex in Leigh with cinema, restaurants, and a supermarket.

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Leigh Sports Village include:

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Leigh Sports Village include:

  • Holiday Inn Express Leigh - Sports Village (0.1 miles)


Map showing location of Leigh Sports Village.

Map showing location of Leigh Sports Village


Leigh Sports Village

Address and postcode
Sale Way
Greater Manchester
United Kingdom

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