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Squash club secures Olympics grant

Managers Steve Ridge and Margaret Rotherforth at Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club. The club has been awarded a �50,000 lottery grant by Sport England and is set to refurbish the exterior of the building.

Managers Steve Ridge and Margaret Rotherforth at Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club. The club has been awarded a �50,000 lottery grant by Sport England and is set to refurbish the exterior of the building.

A squash club is set for a makeover after securing an Olympic legacy lottery grant.

Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding for a major refurbishment at its Stuart Road base.

The funding will be used to make changes to the outside of the building.

Project manager Steve Ridge said: “There are a lot of people who haven’t been to the centre who don’t even know we’re here.

“We are based on one of the busiest junctions in Pontefract and people will drive past and see the outside of the building so we want to improve it.”

The funding will allow the club, which is home to current world number three James Willstrop, to build a new frontage following recent works to the reception, toilets and changing rooms.

Mr Ridge added: “The funding we have got is through a scheme called Inspired Facilities but our premises from the outside are uninspiring.

“We are producing world champions here so we want to make it look like the home of champions.”

Mr Ridge said that, subject to planning permission, the refurbishment works should be completed by May.

 

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