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New sports pavilion in Pilsley replaces 100-year-old facility

New sports pavilion in Pilsley replaces 100-year-old facility

Date published: 21 May 2019

Press release

Mr Patel - New sports pavilion in Pilsley replaces 100-year-old facility

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE was on hand to officially open a new sports pavilion on behalf of Pilsley Parish Council recently (Sunday 19 May 2019).

The new pavilion was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

After netting a £99,999 grant from the Football Foundation, work begun on the site in September 2018. Following the opening of the new changing pavilion, various sports and recreational clubs in Pilsley can now develop and provide improved opportunities.

The new state-of-the-art community building replaces a severely dilapidated Victorian pavilion which was nearly 100 years old and no longer able to satisfy the growing demands and expectations of present-day users.

Juniors and adults of Pilsley Community FC and the recently merged Pilsley and Clay Cross Cricket Club will all benefit from the new facilities. Both clubs are strong on youth development and have plans to expand this element of their activities on the back of the provision of the new pavilion.

Pilsley Community FC is a partner of Chesterfield FC Community Trust and hosts regular holiday clubs for local children of all age groups. The cricket club also has access to coaching and development staff from Derbyshire Cricket Board, who provide kwik cricket sessions throughout the summer for young people looking to take up the sport.

As the main football team in the village, Pilsley Community FC’s focus is to work alongside Derbyshire County FA to improve participation in competitive football. The club aspires to develop a further eight teams over the next five years, which would include two girls’ teams, supporting over 30 females playing competitive football during this time.

Peter Stevenson, Chairman of Pilsley Parish Council said: “I would like to thank Lord Patel of Bradford who kindly agreed to open our new facility – he has been a champion of ‘Sport for All’ and for widening opportunities for the participation of young people in sport for many years.  It is a testament to his commitment to this that he was able to give his time to officially open our grassroots facility in the village. I’d also like to pay special thanks to the Premier League, The FA and Government for their funding through the Football Foundation, which has been a major sponsor of our new facility.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The support of the Premier League, The FA and government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country. Their funding has played a key role in delivering this new changing pavilion in Derbyshire and I am delighted for everyone associated with Pilsley Parish Council.

“This is one example we want to make people in Derbyshire aware of, that they have the kind of quality pitches and changing rooms that are taken for granted in other counties. We will continue to support projects nationwide, but we cannot do this on our own, so we are encouraging organisations in the area to join our movement to deliver quality football facilities for people in Derbyshire once and for all.

“Taking part in community sport at any level offers many benefits and rewards, not least the opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and socialise with different members of the community.”

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New sports pavilion in Pilsley replaces 100-year-old facility

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I would like to thank Lord Patel of Bradford who kindly agreed to open our new facility – he has been a champion of ‘Sport for All’ and for widening opportunities for the participation of young people in sport for many years.” - Peter Stevenson, Chairman of Pilsley Parish Council

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