Eckington Juniors have grand designs

Project Development Committee'Back row (from left) Jon Holt, Gary Hayes, Ron Vidamour'Front Row (from left) Zaid Askwith, Simon Taylor, Dave Hale
Project Development Committee'Back row (from left) Jon Holt, Gary Hayes, Ron Vidamour'Front Row (from left) Zaid Askwith, Simon Taylor, Dave Hale
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Eckington BFC have big ambitions for their Pitt Street home after finally securing the lease of their football ground from the council.

The club is in talks with the Football Foundation over a project to make it one of the best in the area.

The development door was opened when North East Derbyshire District Council agreed to lease the site to the club, which is home to 190 players in 13 teams operating from the ages of six to 16.

Chairman Zaid Askwith said: “We’re grateful to the council for granting us this lease, which allows us to seek to improve our facilities.

“It has been our primary aim for a long time. We’re one of the largest clubs in the Sheffield and District League but others have developed their grounds, leaving us behind. Now we want to get up to the same standards.”

The club will aim to start by fencing the football pitches off, in order to provide a safe and secure facility for children to play football.

The development will also see designated parking facilities. In the long term they will update their pavilion with new changing rooms, a community room and kitchen facilities.

Mr Askwith said: “We’ve already had a meeting with a funding group in Chesterfield and will shortly be meeting the Football Foundation on the site. We think they’re very keen to help us.

“However, if anyone in the area can provide support, either through sponsorship or putting us in touch with other sources of funding, we’d be extremely grateful.”

Anyone who may be able to help can contact Zaid on 07875 066819, or via the website at www.eckingtonbfc.co.uk.