Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, visited Durkar Devils JFC in New Millerdam to see the progress of significant pitch redevelopment work.
In December she presented the club with a £99,568 cheque on behalf of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
Durkar Devils JFC, who currently run 11 teams, worked alongside the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA to secure the £99,568 grant, to carry out extensive pitch redevelopment works at their Slack Lane home. The pitches will be levelled, drainage installed and reseeded to accommodate two full-size grass pitches, two junior grass pitches and one grass Mini-Soccer pitch.
The works are progressing rapidly and the club hope to be finished by August to allow for the planting of grass seed. The pitches will be ready to host their first matches by April 2016.
Currently, the pitches at the site are prone to waterlogging during winter, are steeply sloping in areas and some of the field is currently unused for any formal recreation purposes. The improvement works will enable Durkar Devils JFC to grow from 11 to 24 teams over the course of the next five years. This will include the development of an Under-6 team and the creation of a girls’ section, consisting of seven teams.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Durkar Devils JFC also received National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund, which provides grants to preserve and improve playing surfaces across the country. The club have been awarded £50,000 from Sport England to help cover the cost of the significant pitch improvement works.
Mary Creagh MP, said:
“It was a pleasure to come and see how well the work is going. I’ve seen just how hard Matthew, Simon and members of the club have worked, alongside Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, to get the project to this stage. These state of the art pitches will be a fantastic resource for the club and local community in the years ahead. I can’t wait to watch a match here!”
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Photo (L – R): Matthew Thompson (Chairman of Durkar Devils), Mary Creagh and Simon Gibson (head of fundraising)