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Pitch perfect at Bedale Junior FC as new grass pitches and equipment are unveiled in North Riding

Pitch perfect at Bedale Junior FC as new grass pitches and equipment are unveiled in North Riding

Date published: 28/05/2019

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Pitch perfect at Bedale Junior FC as new grass pitches and equipment are unveiled in North Riding

Community footballers at Bedale Junior FC in North Riding can now enjoy the benefits of playing on new natural grass pitches which were unveiled at Dobsons Field last month (Thursday 4 April).

The new pitches and grounds maintenance equipment were made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

After netting a £100,000 grant from the Football Foundation, work begun on the site in January 2018. The club purchased four acres of farmland adjacent to its ground to covert into three new grass pitches. In addition, new fencing, car park, garage and workshop and a coach’s room were built, as well as new ground maintenance equipment acquired.

Beadle Junior FC provide football opportunities for players at the club and the surrounding region. Following the official opening, the club hosted the annual area schools’ girls 7-a-side Tournament, the following day it hosted a boys tournament and over the weekend a full programme of fixtures covering four leagues featuring teams from North and West Yorkshire, Teesside and Durham.  

North Riding County FA worked in close partnership with Bedale Junior FC to focus on increasing participation in the 14-25 age bracket at the club. Growing to over 100 players within this age group during the next five years, club is focused on increasing recruitment and retention due to better quality facilities.

Ian Cross, Head Coach at Bedale JFC, said: “This is a great day in the history of Bedale Junior Football Club and will allow us to continue to support local boys and girls to take part in organised football, enjoying the fun and benefits a healthy lifestyle can bring.

“It’s been a real team effort from club volunteers and our supporters in the local community backed by the generous funding of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, and Hambleton District Council.”

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 these new grass pitches in North Riding and I am delighted for everyone associated with Bedale Junior FC.

“This is one example we want to make people in North Riding 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 North Riding 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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Pitch perfect at Bedale Junior FC as new grass pitches and equipment are unveiled in North Riding
Pitch perfect at Bedale Junior FC as new grass pitches and equipment are unveiled in North Riding

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“This is a great day in the history of Bedale Junior Football Club and will allow us to continue to support local boys and girls to take part in organised football, enjoying the fun and benefits a healthy lifestyle can bring.- Ian Cross, Head Coach at Bedale JFC

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