Junior football club a big step closer to its goal

A JUNIOR football club campaigning for a new clubhouse is one step closer to its goal after finding a site on which to build it.

Howden Clough Juniors revealed plans for the new facilities at the start of the year, after being without a proper base for two years.

Volunteers on the club’s committee wanted to give the 400 youngsters and their parents a place they could call home after the bar area they previously used at Batley Sports Centre was closed down.

Since then the club – one of the biggest in the district – has had help from Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin as it sought a location for its new home.

Batley Girls’ High School, where the club already plays some of matches, has agreed in principle to a clubhouse on its land.

The club has insufficent funds to cover the cost of building a clubhouse but Cath Pinder, regional president for the GMB union, hopes to help raise the cash needed to make the club’s dream a reality.

Ms Brabin said: “There is such a passion at the club to give the young people the best possible experience, so I’m absolutely thrilled that their dream is a step closer.

“This is a testament to the vision, hard work and determination of all involved at the club and a huge thank you also has to go to Batley Girls’ for being so supportive of a project that will undoubtedly benefit the local community.”

The club’s vice-chairman Ben Chapman added: “We are very grateful for the support from Tracy and the management of Batley Girls’ High School. 

“This is a very exciting first step in realising our dream of giving a home to our players and supporters.”

Julie Haigh and David Cooper, co-headteachers at Batley Girls’, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Howden Clough in this venture. Organisations such as this make such a positive impact on our communities and we are very happy to help.”

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