Old 1950s building makes way for ‘green’ soccer HQ

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SOCCER players are looking forward to the opening of a new sports pavilion on a Doncaster park next week.

Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll and some of the players will be among VIP guests when the facility at Cantley Park is officially opened by Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Coun Patricia Schofield on Thursday February 24.

Cantley residents and clubs will benefit from the new sports pavilion, multi-use games area and grass football pitches.

The new pavilion incorporates eight changing rooms with showers and toilets, referee rooms, a reception area and a community room with a kitchen.

It incorporates some of the latest sustainable features such as high-efficiency condensing boilers, air source heat pumps and mechanical ventilation heat recovery.

The pavilion will be the club base for Bessacarr FC, as well as several adult Sunday League teams.

The new football provision will see participation numbers dramatically increase, as well as being a resource for other park users, particularly cricket teams and golfers who can access an 18-hole pitch and putt course.

The project was funded with the help of housing development money and a £479,984 grant from the Football Foundation, which is also contributing towards running costs.

Coun Schofield said: “The new pavilion has replaced a very outdated 1950s building which was beyond repair.

“This facility will be an invaluable resource for the local community and help encourage people of all ages to get involved in sport.”

The Football Foundation - funded by the Premier League, The FA, and Sport England - is the nation’s largest sports charity, and has so far supported community sports projects worth £945m.

Chief executive Paul Thorogood said: “I would like to congratulate Doncaster Council and the county FA for all the hard work that has been invested into securing this grant.”