A PLAN to build a state-of-the-art clubhouse for a junior football squad is a step closer after a major funding boost.
Dewsbury Rangers JFC has been given £183,229 by the Football Foundation. This brings the total the club has been given up to £500,000 – the amount needed to build the new facilities.
There will be a new clubhouse built in Wakefield Road, with six changing rooms, plus changing areas for match officials, a first aid room and a cafe for players and their families.
Funding for the scheme has also been secured from The FA, the town and valley committee for Dewsbury and Harron Homes.
Club secretary Graham Burton said: “This project has taken many years to come to fruition and it wouldn’t have been possible without the vast assistance from the Football Foundation, Coun Paul Kane and all the time and effort spent by many people at the club.
“It will be a fantastic facility for all our members which, alongside the winter training facility at St John Fisher High School, gives our players some of the best football facilities in this area.”
Dewsbury Rangers is based in Earlsheaton and trains children of all ages. It also provides training for coaching and refereeing qualifications.
The clubhouse has been planned for the last seven years, but only got planning permission in November.
Chief executive of the Football Foundation Paul Thorogood said: “This funding is excellent news for the Dewsbury area. Dewsbury Rangers and the West Riding County FA deserve credit for their hard work in making this happen.
“This new project in Dewsbury is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and the government.”