Sports facility boost for recreation area

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A COMMUNITY group secured £140,000 to pay for a new multi-use games area in a Sheffield neighbourhood.

The Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood are officially opening the facility in Concord Park on Saturday, June 9, at 12.30pm.

Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett will be performing the honour as part of a day of sporting and family activities on the day from 11am to 4pm along with food and refreshments.

Maureen Shipley, from the friends group, said: “We hope the young people of the surrounding and wider community will enjoy participating in a range of sporting activities, not only this year, but for many years to come.

“The friends group thanks David for agreeing to open this long-awaited facility, and also the numerous organisations which have funded the project, which has cost £140,000.”

Grants to provide the games area have come from Viridor Tax Credits, Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield Graves Trust, Sheffield Council’s North East Community Assembly, and the council’s Playbuilder fund. The National Lottery’s Community Spaces programme has also paid for landscaping and seating.