Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said:
Tamworth Borough Council is aware of an article that has been published by the Leisure Leagues organisation.
To clarify, use of the pitches at Tamworth Enterprise Centre must be booked with the college directly by completing a booking process which requires the relevant documentation to be provided.
No such application has been completed by Leisure Leagues for a Sunday slot, so the council is unclear why the organisation would think they had a booking for this Sunday. Indeed, 500 people could not be accommodated at the pitches, even if a booking was requested.
Officers at the council and a councillor Cabinet member have had several discussions with Leisure Leagues and they are aware of the process that needs to be followed.
Contrary to the claims, the pitches are not lying empty on a Sunday and a number of slots have been booked throughout the day by local football teams.
This council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of its residents and we have a number of schemes and projects running across the town, including securing the funding to build the brand new 3G facility at Tamworth Enterprise Centre. We are very proud of this joint venture with the TEC, the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund and the Football Foundation and we hope football players of all ages and abilities will enjoy the facilities for many years to come.