Footballers finally able to play on home turf

South Elmsall Town Council will take over the running and maintenance of three new football pitches at Frickley. (p601a436)
South Elmsall Town Council will take over the running and maintenance of three new football pitches at Frickley. (p601a436)
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South Elmsall footballers will be able to play on home turf for the first time in more than 40 years thanks to a grant from Sport England.

Three previously unplayable football pitches in Frickley Country Park have received a £52,000 makeover to bring them up to Football Association (FA) standard.

The revamp means town football teams South Elmsall United Services, Moorthorpe Juniors and Frickley Athletic Academy - who have had to play home games outside the area – will be able to use the new pitches from next year.

The two new full-sized pitches, and one junior pitch, have had drainage installed and been completely resurfaced to meet the demand from local clubs.

Coun Brian Capstick, deputy leader of South Elmsall Town Council, said: “This is a milestone for South Elmsall.

“Apart from Frickley FC, no club has ever had fields of this standard in the community.

“We are finally getting 21st century facilities for the area and teams will now be able to play at home.

“This will allow a diminished mining community to be revived.”

As part of the Westfield Lane improvement area Frickley Athletic FC will also be receiving a new £650,000 pavilion which will include changing rooms and a clubhouse.