A football club is celebrating after getting the green light for a new club building on its pitches in Rastrick.
Rastrick Junior Football Club has been granted approval for a modular building to include changing rooms and training facility at its site in Carr Green playing fields.
The club caters for more than 320 children ranging from five to 18-years-old producing 23 teams competing in the Huddersfield and District Football League. It is entirely voluntary run and has existed for 22 years at Carr Green.
Jeremy Meadowcroft, ground development officer for the club, said: “This club that we all love, has been operating without any building, running water, toilets or changing facilities for too long now. I am delighted we have developed this project to provide much needed facilities for all the players, coaches and parents and also to attract more volunteers to help out on match days as well as providing a more focal point and base central to all ten pitches.”
He said the new facilities will attract new players to the club and they plan to create two girls teams as well now that they have changing facilities as part of the FA approved ten year club development plan.
“The demand is there it’s just hard work and commitment by a dedicated committee who are developing this club very nicely step by step,” he said. “The proposed modular building will have two changing rooms, a meeting/training room, toilet and a small kitchen facility so that match day refreshments can be on sale to fund-raise, as it is a year-round task and they are entirely self-funded.”
Approving the plans, Calderdale Council said the the proposals consider the requirements and constraints of the site using them to satisfy the needs of the club and the community who potentially will use the site on a daily basis.
And thanks to funding from the Rastrick Big Local the club has been able to have its 10 acre site ‘verti-drained’ by Sportsground Specialist contractors.
“I spend a lot of time researching and scouring all grant funding opportunities and write grant applications often late into the night to secure funds for the Clubs ground developments and improvements we are seeing down at Carr Green,” said Jeremy.
“We are very proud to have been one of the successful bids for this local fund and the spiking of the pitches creates significant aeration, which improves and promotes healthier Root growth, all making the pitches better quality and therefore available for longer and better able to stand the rigours of Wet Winters.
“The whole community use our fields for dog-walking, jogging etc and we are pleased to maintain this open space for everyone to use, so long as they clean up after themselves of course.”
The club has done soem positive work with its neighbours. They have installed two bins outside the entrances, created a pathway and are in the process of creating another pathway linking Chapel Croft to Carr Green Lane.
They also marked pitches for Carr Green Primary School for its sports day and supplied coaches and equipment to Longroyde Junior School’s sports day.
“It’s quite simple really, helping out, getting on with your neighbours and sharing discussions and plans, and a bit of goodwill both ways, can achieve marvellous results,” said Jeremy.
They are now looking at ways to secure funding for the project. Anyone interested in joining teh club can contact club secretary Jason Clough on (07973) 896015 or via our website at www.clubwebsite.co.uk/rastrickjuniorfc