Panthers land £50,000 grant to transform new headquarters

sp92127 Chesterfield Panthers Ground, Stonegravels.
sp92127 Chesterfield Panthers Ground, Stonegravels.

Chesterfield Panthers are celebrating landing £50,000 from the Olympic Leagacy fund to transform their hew HQ.

The money, from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, will allow the club to install match quality floodlighting to a full sized rugby pitch as well as providing lighting for a brand new £49,000 Multi Use Games Area and a grass training area which will see use both for rugby and football training.

The club, originally founded in 1919 at Blackwell, moved to their Sheffield Road site at Stonegravels in 1927 but the continuing success of the last three decades has seen them outgrow their old and now run down facilities. A move to bigger and better facilities at Dunston is now well underway and this will not only provide the premier rugby facility in the area but will also see the provision of community sports facilities for a number of activities including football and cricket.

There will also be a brand new clubhouse offering social facilities for the area as well as providing a meeting place for sporting and community groups from around the area.

Club treasurer Fred Pell said: “This is fantastic news - not just for us, but the whole community.

“We’re building, as part of the our development, an all-weather multi-use games area and the five-aside footballers, the basketballers and casuall users will all get to benefit.

Sport England’s chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Chesterfield.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community.”