Battyeford playing fields now protected

A MIRFIELD sports club has teamed up with council chiefs to invest in playing fields after they were given protected status.

Land at the West Mills site off Huddersfield Road, Batteyford, is designated as the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields.

Now Batteyford Sporting Club, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, want to make their home base even better.

They are looking for sponsors to pay for benches while Kirklees Councils is planning to install outdoor gym equipment.

Battyeford Sporting Club which has 29 football teams and some 380 players from the age of six upwards.

They opened a new clubhouse in 2009 after years of fundraising, though their future has sometimes being threatened by developers.

John Cotton’s wanted to build a lorry park there while British Waterways put a plot near Halfpenny Bridge up for sale.

Kirklees Council now own the land, which is now protected under a scheme launched for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last year.

Batteyford Sporting Club president Keith Johnson said: “This is one of the nicest recreation parks in the area with a picturesque riverside.

“This isn’t just about football, we've secured this land for the people who practice their golf swing, for dog walkers and for fishermen.”

Sponsored benches cost £500 or £600. For more details call Mr Johnson on 07901 698 670 or e-mail bttykj@sky.com.

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