Club fights to remain at heart of community

Kevin Barker and Andy Sykes outside Crigglestone Sports Club.  (w611b338)

Kevin Barker and Andy Sykes outside Crigglestone Sports Club. (w611b338)

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Crigglestone Sports Club has been flooded, vandalised and torched by arsonists.

But its members are determined to rebuild and extend the community facility to ensure it continues for future generations.

Last week was a bitter sweet one for members of the Painthorpe Lane club which is used by hundreds of sport players.

Plans to extend the club house, provide new changing rooms, a kitchen and a education room were approved by Wakefield Council.

But on Friday, a water main burst sending water shooting 30 feet up in the air and into the club.

Chairman Kevin Barker said: “The carpets inside the clubhouse have been ruined but more worrying is the structural damage.

“The paving stones have sunk and moved, the wall has been affected and we won’t know the full extent until the engineers have been out.”

And during the weekend the club was also vandalised.

More than 140 girls and boys regularly play junior football at the club, and another 46 play junior cricket.

There are three open age football teams, cricket teams, and Wakefield Phoenix Ladies Netball Team also use the facilities.

Andy Sykes, club member, said “Junior sports players and their families are the future - without them there won’t be a club.

“But it’s also about the social side of the club with more and more pubs closing, clubs like ours are important for the community.

“Recently we’ve increased membership of the club - we’re trying to impress on people that this is their club and they are key to its success.”

The club is working alongside Sport England, the Football Association and Wakefield Council to ensure the long term success of the Painthorpe Lane club.

The redevelopment plans will cost around £400,000.

The club has sponsorship deals available for local businesses that want to show their support. For more information call Mr Barker on 07772 477586.