North Leeds: Football club nets grant for new pitch

Members of Alwoodley FC are celebrating after gaining a grant of more than �38,000.
Members of Alwoodley FC are celebrating after gaining a grant of more than �38,000.
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youngsters at a Leeds football club have netted thousands of pounds to help pay for a new football pitch.

Alwoodley FC are celebrating after opening their newly-graded pitch after receiving a grant of more than £38,000 from Sport England.

Their previous pitch had been unusable after becoming waterlogged in the winter months leading to match cancellations.

The club have also received a £10,000 grant from Grantscape, £5,000 from Leeds City Council and £800 from Football Stadia Improvement Fund to purchase new goal posts.

The windfall will enable Alwoodley’s Senior and Junior teams to return to their home ground at the Alwoodley Community Centre for the summer season.

Speaking about this latest round of funding Sue Gaunt, secretary of Alwoodley Juniors, said she was delighted that the club were successful in their latest funding bid.

She added: “Without these, the community centre, which runs as a registered charity would never have found the money to make these improvements.

“This will now secure the future of the club for many years to come.

“We now have excellent facilities and a good community feel runs through the club.”

Alwoodley FC runs three senior teams and three junior teams.

The club’s under 13’s team have won the league for the last two seasons and six of the under eights team have been snapped up by professional clubs including Leeds United, Bradford City and Manchester City.

Sue added: “This is a fantastic achievement for the boys and the club are very proud.”

For more details about joining the club contact Mick Baker on 07961851908.