SPORTS-mad residents in Ackworth celebrated a milestone in a project to build a £270,000 pavilion for teams in the village.
A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held at the new facility on Carr Bridge playing fields, which will provide both senior and junior football and rugby squads with changing rooms, a club room and storage facilities.
Coun Sarah Balfour, chairman of Ackworth Parish Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the progress being made with the new sports pavilion and that sports teams of Ackworth will finally have access to the facilities they deserve.
“Developing this facility and raising the money to build it has taken years of hard work by many people and it is rewarding to see the building taking shape.”
The long-awaited pavilion –which has been funded by the parish council and grants from other organisations – will also be used as a meeting venue for community groups and organisations. It will also be used for the annual Ackworth Gala.
Coun Balfour added: “Sports clubs and other voluntary groups play such an important role in the community, especially with the opportunities they provide for children and young people.
“Most of this work is carried out by club members on a voluntary basis. The parish council recognises the significance of this in improving the lives of people in the village and is delighted to be able to support their efforts through the provision of first-class facilities”.
The facility – which replaces a temporary structure currently used by sports teams – has been funded with a £50,000 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental, £43,000 from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust £43,000 and £5,000 from Wakefield Council.