South Leeds football club teed off at ‘frustrating’ ex-golf site saga

Golfers at Middleton Park Golf Club, Leeds, in 2012.
Golfers at Middleton Park Golf Club, Leeds, in 2012.
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A sports club, frustrated at the pace of improvements to a Leeds park, is hoping to make the old Middleton golf course’s clubhouse its new home.

Middleton Park Football Club, based at Middleton Leisure Centre, is hoping that Leeds City Council backs their bid to migrate to the disused golf clubhouse which has been closed since October last year.

Middleton Park Golf Club, Leeds.

Middleton Park Golf Club, Leeds.

A petition supporting the club’s bid to takeover the site has been signed by 320 people.

The club hopes to turn the existing clubhouse into a community hub for local organisations, host coaching courses and back possible bike hub plans, while seeking grants for a new pitch for its first team.

A public consultation over the future of the golf club site ended in May after the council closed the course, citing that Middleton Park Golf Club was making substantial losses.

Wayne Dixon, Middleton Park FC’s chairman, said: “It’s really frustrating. We are all volunteers and we seem to be taking a lot of time doing meetings and nothing’s happened.”

Formed in 2004 Middleton Park FC has grown to host around 15 teams ranging from toddlers to adults. If the move was agreed its youth and reserve teams would keep playing at the leisure centre.

Other ideas pitched as part of the consultation included new paths, areas for games, extra bins and benches, more trees, a BMX track and mountain bike route and new walking and running groups.

Adding that the club hopes to set up a social enterprise to help local young people, Mr Dixon said: “We just want to make our club sustainable.”

A council spokeswoman explained that its plans are being revised to reflect the consultation. She said: “We are aware of the submission by Middleton Park FC and a response to this proposal will be provided when the evaluation of the masterplan is completed.”

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