Getting to Stockport Sports Village.
Stockport Sports Village is located in Woodley, a suburb of Stockport, on the border with Tameside. The complex hosts a wide range of artificial football pitches as well as a gym, a hospitality suite and numerous studios and classrooms (as well as a Slush Puppie machine for your warm summer away days in Stockport).
By car: SSV is a ten minute drive from Stockport Town Centre and a five minute drive from nearby Hyde. If travelling via motorway, it’s likely you’ll be travelling on the M60 – the nearest junction to SSV being J25. Upon exiting the junction, take the second exit at the roundabout and head towards Bredbury – there’ll be a McDonald’s and a Morrisons on the left – at the light, take a left and follow this road until you reach St Marks Church (which will be on your right). Keep straight at the lights but take the first left once you’ve passed the crossing. From here, Stockport Sports Village is signposted. There is a designated car park for football traffic on site.
By Public Transport: Woodley Precinct is the nearest bus stop to SSV, which can be reached from both directions by the 330 bus, which runs from Stockport to Ashton-Under-Lyne. On Sundays, these buses are every twenty minutes. From Woodley Precinct, SSV is just a five minute walk. If you’re travelling by train, the club advises that you alight at Stockport Train Station (which has direct trains from Birmingham New Street, London Euston, Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester Piccadilly) and follow the signs for Stockport Bus Station. There are more local train stations near SSV (Woodley, Bredbury, Brinnington) but these lines are served infrequently at weekends.
For Visiting Staff/Players
All staff/players are to enter via the Turnstiles next to the car park, your club should have emailed their squad list (plus any staff) to the club prior to the fixture to guarantee free admission. From the turnstiles, the changing rooms can be found under the Life Leisure Stand (the ground’s most distinctive stand). Pre-match warm-ups for visiting teams take place on the north half of the pitch. The visiting team’s technical area can be found directly opposite the Life Leisure Stand on the other side of the field of play, both dug-outs are clearly marked.
All visiting media should make the club aware of their intention to attend a fixture prior to the date of the game. This can be done by emailing the club’s media officer at least three days prior to the date of the match. The club requests that you follow the instructions provided by on-site staff. The stadium’s press box can be found above the centre tunnel – there are two seats in this area (one for either club involved in the fixture). Be aware that the press box has no WiFi or plug outlets.
Photographers are the only club media allowed beyond the pitchside barriers and must remain in the designated “photographers area” while the game is being played, which runs across three sides of the playing surface. Filming of the match is to be done from behind the barriers and must not impede the view of any spectators.