Local window manufacturer Building Product Solutions (BPS) is celebrating a new partnership with Frickley Athletic after securing the naming rights to the new pavilion currently under construction at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium.
The £600,000 building is the result of fundraising by the club along with support from national organisations, such as Sport England and the FA Facilities Fund. It will be known as the BPS Community Clubhouse and act as a local hub for sports and other activities, benefiting the wider community.
The provision of high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching for appropriate age groups, will improve the experience for regulars as well as attracting new players to the game.
The new building will sit at the northern end of the Westfield Lane-based site and will also serve the grass on the nearby Country Park. It has been designed to FA and Sport England standards and will provide changing, shower and toilet facilities for players, officials and disabled users. A kitchen area will be created which can be used for community group events and post-match refreshments.
Lynne Darwin, BPS sales director, commented: “We’re always keen to support local community groups, and lots of Barnsley lads have come up through the ranks at the Frickley club.
“When we heard about what an amazing job the team had done with their fundraising we were keen to step in and give them a bit of a boost.
“Football has always been a key part of our community and after a hard week at work it’s the ideal outlet for letting off steam, keeping fit and active and socialising. We want to make sure that future generations have the opportunity to get involved.”
Frickley Athletic chairman Gareth Dando added: “We’re delighted to welcome BPS on board and really appreciate the support they are giving to the club and to the local community in sponsoring our new pavilion.
“It’s an exciting time for the club and the area as a whole. We’re moving forward on and off the pitch and we hope this is the start of a long term partnership with another successful local business.”
Construction work on the BPS Community Clubhouse is due to be completed in November this year.