Good Times: Right move for sports club

Brighouse Sports Club is celebrating ten years at its premises off Bradford Road
Brighouse Sports Club is celebrating ten years at its premises off Bradford Road

It is hard to believe that it is ten years since the Brighouse Sports Club moved from its base at the now Tesco supermarket site to their current location on Bradford Road.

The debate over the move started long before 2003 with a project committee set up in 1997 who studied ways of how the club was to develop in the future, eventually drawing up a “wish list” of facilities to aspire to providing for each sport.

Tesco became aware of the deliberations and following detailed negotiations they agreed a facilities swap to provide a replacement club in exchange for the clubs historic site creating a new purpose built sports club less than a mile away from their original home.

It was a massive wrench for the club to move as it had been at its old site since 1873 and the stone marking dating this sits proudly in the grounds of the new club.

However ten years on the decision was clearly the right one and it has allowed the club to expand its membership and thrive at the 15 acre site at Russell Way.

The members lounge overlooks the cricket field and has hosted many a happy night with bar manager Tracie Roberts and partner Des Warrea.

Friday evenings are the social highlight of the week with a general knowledge quiz, open the box and bingo run by bowlers Robin Barraclough, Peter Owen and John Horsley.

The club is looking forward to its annual Bonfire event which is open to the general public on Saturday, November 2.

The centre piece of the club is the function suite managed by Best End Catering’s Gavin Farrar which has seen 80 per cent occupancy this year and is booking up fast for next year.

Bookings are now being taken for Christmas. Lunch of 50 people or more is £13pp and evening parties are £14pp including buffet and disco.