Rubb kick starts leisure improvements to the Alan Higgs Centre Coventry

Rubb Buildings Ltd is proud to announce work has started on our latest indoor football training facility for Coventry and Warwickshire Awards Trust (CAWAT).

As part of major improvements to the Alan Higgs Centre, Rubb is suppling a state-of-the-art 47.5m wide x 67m long training facility, which will be used by the local community, schools and Coventry City Football Academy.     

The Alan Higgs Centre is operated by CV Life, which provides a wide range of sporting, recreational, educational and social activities to community groups and individuals within Coventry. The organisation is also dedicated to supporting under-represented and disadvantaged people in the community.

The centre is currently undergoing refurbishment of the existing facilities, with a new £13.5m million Olympic-sized swimming pool and a newly resurfaced outdoor 3G pitch, which will sit alongside the new Rubb indoor football training facility.

Talks with the Coventry and Warwickshire Awards Trust (CAWAT) and CV Life teams started back in 2017 when representatives came to Rubb with a vision to develop the football training facilities to include an all-weather indoor structure. Working closely with Rubb Sales Executive Stephnie Coyle, Rubb advised CAWAT how to create the ideal playing environment.

Steph arranged tours of flagship facilities to showcase the quality of Rubb structures. They visited the West Bromwich Albion Indoor Facility where the guests declared: “The facility looked much younger than 12 years old.” Experiencing the atmosphere of a Rubb structure first-hand gave the client team the confidence to proceed with a Rubb sports facility.

Steph commented: “I have enjoyed being part of the design and build programme of the project, through its development stages and now to the construction phase where we are today. It will be great to see the facility complete and in use alongside the rest of the Alan Higgs Centre development.”

The Rubb super structure is designed to accommodate a FIFA standard 60m x 40m football pitch with an adequate run off perimeter. This is surrounded by 2.4m high internal rebound boards and a divisional and ball stopping netting system. The pitch specification is the latest SISTurf Soccer Pro 50 synthetic including 15mm insitu shock pad, creating the best surface and training environment to help bright young stars to progress.

The structure stands 12.9m high at its apex and comprises a galvanized steel frame to protect it against corrosion and a white translucent PVC-clad roof to allow natural daylight to illuminate the interior. Completing the building specification is sidewall steel cladding, specialised sport lighting with motion sensors, large sidewall gutter systems, eight fresh air louvres and multiple access doors and equipment doors.

Paul Breed, CEO of CV Life commented “we are delighted to be working with Rubb Buildings Ltd on the construction of the Indoor Pitch at the Alan Higgs Centre. The expertise, professionalism and positive attitude of Rubb has ensured a smooth delivery of the building.”

Foundation work on the site started on June 18th and as of Monday 24th  of September all steelwork is in position and the PVC cladding is nearly complete. This fast pace construction procedure is one of many advantages of a Rubb prefabricated modular designed facility.

In relation to the development of the site at the Alan Higgs Centre, Paul Breed went on to comment that “the construction of the Indoor Pitch alongside the development of the Olympic sized swimming pool and resurfacing of the outdoor all weather pitch, means that the Alan Higgs Centre will be one of the largest community sports villages in the West Midlands – it is exciting times!”


Rubb Buildings Ltd has more than 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and constructing high quality, code compliant, engineered fabric tensioned sports facilities. The custom designs, planning flexibility, speed of construction and durable, cost effective operation of Rubb sports buildings provide worldwide sporting sectors, clubs, schools and other organisations with a competitive edge.