£660k cash joy for Frickley

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)

A £660,000 new development will boost sporting facilities in South Elmsall.

A new changing pavilion will be built at Frickley Athletic Football Club as part of the Westfield Lane improvement area.

The development will provide changing, shower and toilet facilities for players and officials, provision for disabled users, and a large social space with a kitchen that can be used for a range of community group activities as well as for post-match refreshments.

The new facility is the culmination of years of hard work by the Evo Stick Premier Division club.

Gareth Dando, club chairman, said: “Frickley Athletic is an important part of the local community.

“It’s been a long hard road to get this far and there’s been a lot of hard work done behind the scenes to reach this point.

“We needed to raise £50,000 as part of our commitment but we still need to raise another £12,000 to fully equip the building.

“Our new changing and clubhouse development has been a long time coming but will now allow us to forge greater links with the junior clubs in the town.

“The new development will be the bridge linking amateur and semi-professional football in the town.

“With the help of our partners in the town council we are looking to play our part in the rejuvenation of South Elmsall and to taking our club to new heights. The new building has been designed to FA and Sport England standards and will sit at the northern end of Frickley’s ground but will also serve the grass pitches in Frickley Country Park.

The project is being funded by the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), Sport England, Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) and Wakefield MDC.

Mark Coulson, FA regional facilities and investment manager, said: “Frickley’s application for funding displayed their commitment to developing new teams and increasing participation to help build a strong future for grass roots football. Key to the success of the submission was the links with the country park pitches which will now see significantly more and better use with the support of the pavilion, changing and its club room.”

WREN managing director, Peter Cox, added: “The Frickley pavilion project has provided a fantastic opportunity for local sports men and women to use local playing fields, to challenge themselves, to raise their game and to have some fun. We are delighted to support Frickley Athletic which has proved yet again that it is very much part of the South Elmsall community.”

The project has been made possible by local sports facility specialists, Steve Wells Associates, which has worked with the football club, the town council and the funding organisations.

Work on the site will start in the new year and is due to finish by late August for the start of the 2015/16 football season.