A VILLAGE football club is celebrating a new strip and a new home - a super £480,000 pavilion that doubles as a sport and community venue.
Grindleton FC used to be ashamed of their leaky old prefab concrete changing rooms on the village recreation ground, and decided to start the ball rolling for a new one.
The idea caught on, and villagers mounted a major fund-raising effort, backed by sponsors and supporters, to create a showpiece multi-purpose community centre that the whole village could use and be proud of.
Now, after two years, Grindleton Pavilion is open, and the club is proud to welcome visitors.
The players’ new strips have been sponsored by John Moore and Sons Builders Ltd, who built the pavilion, and the Spread Eagle Inn and restaurant at Sawley.
The club has been in existence since the mid-1960s and fields two senior sides in the Craven and District Football League, a first XI in the Premier Division and a reserve side in Division Three.
Work on the new pavilion started before the close of last season, and the first job was to demolish the old changing rooms.
Since then, visiting and home teams have used temporary accommodation on the recreation ground site.
Club chairman Ray Powell said: ”We’re grateful for the cooperation shown by visiting teams and officials during the development.”
He added that players seeing the pavilion for the first time had commented enthusiastically about the new appointments and the high standard of finish.
The completed facilities includes two changing rooms with showers and a dedicated referees’ changing room with shower.
The whole building benefits from under-floor heating.
Powell publicly thanked the Pavilion Project Board, particularly the project manager Dr Anne Huson, the Grindleton Recreation Committee and all contributors both local and national for their efforts to bring the project to fruition.
He added: “The completed pavilion provides a superb community resource which Grindleton Football Club is proud to be associated with and will provide a great opportunity for future generations.”