September 15, 2015 | Community News
Junior footballers in a South Yorkshire village have kicked off the new season in safer surroundings thanks to a four figure grant from a renewable energy firm.
The 13 teams put out each week by Treeton Terriers Junior Football Club play their home matches on the Cow Field at Washfield Lane in the village, which sits to the south of Rotherham.
Until now, the ground, which is also used by local children for more informal kickabouts and other outside games, has been open for anyone to walk across, and has been regularly used by dog walkers that don’t always clear up after their animals.
But now, thanks to a £2,520 grant given by Barlborough-based renewable energy firm Banks Renewables to Treeton Parish Council, which is responsible for looking after the playing fields, the football pitch has been fenced off and made safer for the players to use.
Treeton Terriers Football Club’s vision is to provide the opportunity for as many children as possible from all age groups, genders and ethnic backgrounds to participate safely in junior football, and the team of volunteers and parents that run it work to improve the performance of each individual child through both a safe, disciplined coaching and educational approach.
The grant was awarded to Treeton Parish Council from the community fund linked to Banks Renewables’ nearby Penny Hill wind farm, which is ring-fenced to support community projects within the parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston, and which has already has seen grants totalling over £40,000 made in support of organisations across these communities.
Councillor Terry Adair says: “Treeton Terriers is a very successful club that provides a fantastic opportunity for local young people to enjoy playing football, and to learn more about teamwork, fitness and self-discipline.
“Because they’ve played up to now on an area that’s open to everyone, the entire pitch and its surrounds have had to be checked thoroughly by the coaches before every training session and match to ensure nothing dangerous or unpleasant has been left on the grass, which can obviously take a lot of time to do.
“Creating a clear boundary within which the players can train and play will make a real difference to the time that everyone can spend simply enjoying getting on with the game.
“The Parish Council obviously has a lot of spending priorities to meet, which means that funding for this sort of project isn’t always readily available, so to get Banks Renewables’ help in getting this work done not only benefits everyone involved with the football club, but also other local projects and activities towards which we can choose to direct investment instead.”
The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund will provide over £500,000 of community funding over the 25-year lifespan of the Penny Hill Wind Farm, a figure which would be significantly increased if the solar PV scheme that Banks is now looking to locate on a portion of the Penny Hill site gets the go ahead.
Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator at the Banks Group, adds: “The enthusiasm and commitment shown by Treeton Terriers’ players and coaches has created a very successful community club, and we’re very pleased that the fund provided through the Penny Hill wind farm is enabling us to help them improve their playing facilities.”
Projects, community groups, or voluntary organisations in the vicinity of the Penny Hill Wind Farm which are looking for a grant of up to £3,000 should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 for further information.
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