A junior football club is on target to achieve its main goals this year after receiving £7,000 to expand its pitch capacity.
Last year, Holme Rovers Football Club, based in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, put together an ambitious five year business plan, which includes two main aims for year one.
The first target was to increase the number of junior teams from one to four which it has accomplished by having teams at under 7’s, 8’s, 9’s and 11’s competing in the Selby and District Junior League.
These teams are well supported by having qualified coaches and the club are now registered with East Riding Voluntary Action Services – Club Accreditation Scheme.
To accommodate all these extra teams the club had to expand its pitch capacity which was the second main target for year one.
The plan was to reclaim some land at the far end of the playing fields, behind the village hall, and this work is currently in process.
To fund this project the club has worked very closely with Holme-on-Spalding Moor Parish Council and East Riding Council.
As a result, the club has acquired £7,000 for this work from East Riding Council’s commuted sums fund, which is money received from the developers of new houses.
The club has thanked Peter Hastings, the chairman of the parish council, and East Riding Council’s commuted sums officer Lea Anne Wright and community recreation officer Adam Toes for its financial boost.
Howdenshire Ward councillor Victoria Aitken said: “There are some amazingly dedicated members of the community in Holme-on-Spalding Moor who spend endless time improving and developing the sports facilities in the area and I am thrilled to have been able to support the funding for the extra pitch and I look forward to joining residents next season for a hot chocolate while watching our local children playing football.”
Community recreation officer Mr Toes said: “Through the commuted sums fund, we are able to help a number of sports groups in the East Riding every year.
“Holme Rovers FC applied to us for funding, and we are very happy to help the club provide a new, quality surface for its players next season.”
On another positive note, the work been carried out is been undertaken by a local company, Lodge Landscapes, which is based at Newport.